When the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made its daily state by state update of coronavirus confirmed cases in the country on Tuesday 22nd of April 2020, with no new cases in Lagos State, a lot of residents had mixed feelings. Some were of the opinion that the Government was downplaying the numbers, whilst others felt the state had exceeded its testing capacity and was now in no Man’s land.
Further investigations later revealed that the test results from the previous day were not available yet, hence, the lack of numbers.
However, Lagos became worst-hit again, when on Wednesday 22nd of April,2020 they reported 74 new Coronavirus cases, which is the highest to be reported in any Nigerian state in the spate of 24 hours. More worrisome is the fact that the total number of confirmed cases in Lagos alone rose to 504.
The NCDC in their announcement on Wednesday confirmed that there are 873 cases of the novel Coronavirus in the country, this implies that Lagos State with 504 cases accounts for about 58% of the whole cases in Nigeria, making the state undoubtedly the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria.
According to data obtained from the NCDC’s website, no fewer than 106 patients have recovered and discharged in the state, with about 383 cases still active.
To date, 873 cases have been confirmed, 197 cases have been discharged and 28 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria.
The NCDC said, “On the 22nd of April 2020, 91 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria.”The 91 new cases are reported from nine states- Lagos (74), Katsina (five), Ogun (four), Edo (two), Delta (two), FCT (one), Adamawa (one), Kwara (one), Oyo (one).
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Ministry of Health said 16 deaths have been recorded from coronavirus-related complications in the state.
It tweeted on Tuesday, “Two COVID-19 deaths were however recorded, bringing the total number of #COVID-19 related deaths in Lagos to 16.”
Despite various efforts by the Lagos State government and the Federal government to curb the spread of the virus in the state and the country, the recent spike in confirmed cases leaves much to be worried about.