Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Grew By 63% In June

Nigeria recorded 63 per cent more cases of COVID-19 between May 31 and July 1 as the numbers grew from 9, 855 to 26, 484.

This means that in the month of June, more than 16, 629 coronavirus cases were recorded.

On May 31, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 553 cases which brought the total number of cases at the time to 9, 855.

Lagos State had a tally of 4,755 while Kano and Abuja completed the top three slots with 951 and 616 cases respectively.

The number of discharged patients stood at 2,856 with 273 deaths.

On July 1, 790 new cases and 13 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, bringing the total confirmed cases  in the country to 26,484.

The records also showed that at the time, 10,152 cases had been discharged and 603 deaths occurred in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

By July 1, the country had conducted 138,462 tests, compared to 134,257 tests on June 30.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO), on Wednesday, said that 60 percent of the world’s 10 million COVID-19 cases since December, 2019,  came in the month of June – a sign that the pandemic was  getting worse.

Nigeria 63% Increase in Covid19 Cases in 1-Month

The WHO Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that more than 160,000 new cases were reported everyday and stressed that countries must take a “comprehensive approach” in battling the virus.

“Find, isolate, test and care for every case; trace and quarantine every contact; equip and train health workers, and educate and empower communities to protect themselves and others,” Tedros said.

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11p.m. on March 30.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-week period, has been partially suspended  with some businesses commencing operations from May 4.

On April 27, Buhari declared a night curfew from 8p.m. to 6a.m. across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

This came along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, May 2, at 9a.m.

On Monday, June 29, 2020, the Federal Government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by four weeks and approved interstate movements outside new curfew hours with effect from July 1.

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Anita Eboigbe

Anita Eboigbe is a journalist and data analyst with nearly a decade of media and communications experience in Nigeria. She has expertise in human interest reporting, data reporting, interactive content development and media business management. Anita has written for several national and international publications with a focus on communication for development. She holds an honours degree in Mass Communication and several certifications in data analysis and data journalism.

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