- With 157 new cases reported in Lagos, the state has been the worst hit since Nigeria's first infection was discovered.
- On Wednesday, the largest number of 790 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria were recorded.
- There is only one state in Nigeria that has none infected, the state of Cross River.
A further 499 cases of coronavirus were identified in Nigeria on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 30,748. Data released by the country’s epidemics commission Thursday night showed that five people have died in 24 hours, with fewer than 15 dead on Wednesday.
With 157 new cases reported in Lagos, the state has been the worst hit since Nigeria’s first infection was discovered. The number of infected people in the state is 11,827. The NCDC reports that 173 people have recovered from coronavirus and have even been discharged from outbreaks centers across Nigeria.
The NCDC also reported finding 59 people affected by the coronavirus in Edo state, and another 56 in Ondo State, and in Oyo State, there were 31. In Akwa Ibom State, another 22 people were re-infected.
In Borno, 21 people have recovered, while 19 new infections were discovered in Plateau state on Thursday. In Kaduna, about 18 people have been confirmed to have died, as well as in neighboring Katsina state. In Abuja and Bayelsa, an estimated 17 people have been killed by the virus. In Delta, the disease affected 14 people Thursday.
In Kano State, 11 new coronavirus infected people have recovered, and eight people in Enugu. Further states where the infected people were recovered on Thursday were six in Ogun and three in Imo state.
Important facts about the Pandemic in Nigeria
On Wednesday, the largest number of 790 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria were recorded. The coronavirus was first discovered in Nigeria on February 27, after infected people arriving at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.
The first person who became infected, on March 20 in northern Nigeria, Mohammed Atiku, has recovered and been discharged from the hospital. On April 17, the coronavirus epidemic caused the death of Malam Abba Kyari, chief of staff of the Presidency of Nigeria. He is the highest-ranking man to die in office.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, of Delta State in the south of the state, is the latest leader of the state to contract the outbreak on Wednesday. Earlier, governors such as Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Okezie Justice of Abia, and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State had been infected.
There is only one state in Nigeria that has none infected, the state of Cross River. Some suspect that the epidemic may have entered the state, and due to a lack of testing, it is impossible to detect it. Nigerian authorities say they have doubled the number of tests they are doing in the country, saying they now test more than 1,000 tests in 24 hours.
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has reported that 400 Nigerian health care employees who are at the forefront of the war against the coronavirus pandemic have tested positive for the virus. It has also been recognized by the Federal Government that the outbreak of the pandemic has overwhelmed the health sector.
JOHESU National President Jossiah Biobelemoye, who spoke to the councils of state during the distribution of personal protective equipment in Abuja on Thursday, pointed out that health workers would not give up protecting Nigerians despite the increase in infection.