[By Sopuruchi Onwuka]
The rate of coronavirus spread in Nigeria has started falling with the total average now at 12.8 percent of all tested cases. The new figure indicates acute drop in the rate of infection as disconnected measures adopted by various groups in the country begin to yield impact.
Also, fatal cases associated with the virus have also dropped proportionately from the initial fraction of total resolved cases; while recovery rate has inversely improved.
According to figures released by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday, the geographical spread of the disease has also altered as Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) cede their disease epicentre status to Plateau.
According to NCDC, results derived from recent tests showed new infection drastically dropped to 197 cases, a steep plunge from the peak of 790 new cases reported on July 1 by the agency which coordinates the national response activities.
The 197 new cases, NCDC stated were reported from 13 states with Plateau leading with 83 cases, Lagos recorded 48 cases, Kaduna posted 17 cases, and the FCT reported only 16.
Eleven new cases were also recorded in Ogun state; Katsina followed with seven new cases; Imo followed with four cases. Edo and Nasarawa had three each. Rivers reported two; and Bayelsa, Oyo, and Osun recorded one each.
The NCDC also reported five new deaths associated with the virus.
The Oracle Today reports that the figures posted by the NCDC Friday indicates a steep incline in the spread of the disease but the government has continued to urge people to maintain the anti-spread protocols and social distancing until the disease has been totally stamped out.
The drop in the number of cases provided the basis for the government to literally lift restrictions on movement of people, religious gathering and open market activities across the country. Both the domestic and international flights have also been activated to revive the aviation industry which was worst hit by the global pandemic.
Government, corporate organizations, non-profit organizations and individuals have sustained disconnected efforts at beating the coronavirus pandemic and its deleterious economic impacts on Nigerian. However, the 192 day battle which sparked with the first recorded case on February 29 is in the 37the week.
The NCDC counted the toll on Nigeria as at Friday and declared: “Till date, 55829 cases have been confirmed, 43810 cases have been discharged and 1075 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”
The figures, according to calculations by The Oracle Today, showed a total of 1,075 deaths associated with the new coronavirus or 2.4 percent death rate from resolved 44,885 coronavirus cases in the country.
Some 43,810 of resolved coronavirus cases were successfully treated and discharged, while 10,944 cases were still pending as at Friday.
All the figures are based on the results collated from 436,231 vector samples tested by official agents. It is widely believed that a wave of coronavirus still runs undetected in the informal society while many deaths outside hospitals are suspected to be caused by the virus.
Lagos, with the highest number of hospitals and tertiary health centers, has successfully beaten down its virus cases by cutting active cases, posting impressive 15,241 successful treatments.
With the highest laboratory confirmed cases of coronavirus, Lagos State currently has only 3,059 cases in admission, lower than the FCT which has a total of 5,391 laboratory confirmed cases but still has the highest number of 3,680 cases in admission.
Three states of Kogi, Yobe, Sokoto and Zamfara resolved all their coronavirus cases as at Friday, posting zero cases on admission.
All the 36 states of the country and the FCT have recorded coronavirus deaths, with Lagos posting the highest number of 204 fatal resolutions, followed by Edo which posted 100 fatal cases. FCT came third with 71 fatal cases as of Friday.