#COVID19: Nigeria Records No Death In One Week As NCDC Confirms 83 New Cases Of Coronavirus

Nigeria has reached a milestone in its COVID-19 response with no death recorded from the deadly virus in one week, the first time since Suleiman Achimugu became the first fatality on March 23, 2020.

Suleiman Achimugu, who was a former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), died after returning from the United Kingdom.

The total number of deaths from the disease has remained 2,058. The last time Nigeria recorded any fatality from COVID-19 was last week Thursday.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday night via its Twitter handle confirmed 83 new cases in the country.

New cases were reported from 14 states: Lagos-22, Rivers-18, Nasarawa-9, Cross River-8, Ondo-6, Delta-5, Akwa Ibom-4, Bauchi-3, Zamfara-2, Kaduna-2, Ebonyi-1, Sokoto-1, Ekiti-1, and Kano-1.

Again, Lagos led on Thursday with 22 new cases to extend its lead as the most impacted by COVID-19 in the country.

A total of 57,878 infections have been recorded in Lagos, about one-third of the country’s total. A quarter of the total deaths from the disease were reported from the commercial city.

Nigeria is the country with the least death toll among the top six most affected countries by COVID-19 in Africa. The other five countries most affected by COVID-19 in Africa are South Africa, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Egypt.

While the relatively fewer deaths may indicate Nigeria’s success in managing the disease, the government has made some errors and faced some challenges in managing the virus.

Some of those challenges which include poor testing and shortages in oxygen supply.

Health experts believe the death toll, like the number of those infected, is likely higher, with Nigeria testing less than one per cent of its 200 million population.

Also on Thursday, in continuation of a steady run of low figures, Nigeria reported 83 new infections in 14 states, according to NCDC.

The figure, which is slightly lower than 110 cases found a day earlier, raised the total number of infections in the West African nation to 163,581.

In the past one week, there has been a decline in new cases as daily infections have fallen below 200. Daily infections averaged over 1,000 between December 2020 and February 2021, during the peak of the pandemic.

More than two-thirds of the over 163,000 people infected by COVID-19 in Nigeria have recovered after treatment. According to NCDC, over 154,005 patients have recovered after treatment.

Since the pandemic broke out in Nigeria in February last year, the country has carried out over 1.8 million tests.

Meanwhile, nearly 8,000 infections are still active in the country.

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