The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 81,963 confirmed cases.
On the 24th of December 2020, 1,041 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 5,258 samples across the country.
To date, 81,963 cases have been confirmed, 69,651 cases have been discharged and 1,242 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 903,800 tests have been carried out as of December 23rd, 2020 compared to 893,590 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 24th December 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 81,963
- Total Number Discharged – 69,651
- Total Deaths – 1,242
- Total Tests Carried out – 903,800
According to the NCDC, the 1,041 new cases were reported from 23 states- Lagos (316), FCT (210), Kaduna (83), Plateau (70), Gombe (56), Oyo (56), Katsina (47), Nasarawa (35), Kano (33), Ogun (21), Rivers (17), Niger (14), Imo (14), Delta (12), Kwara (12), Edo (12), Benue (9), Anambra (8), Taraba (4), Ekiti (4), Ebonyi (6), Bayelsa (1), and Sokoto (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 27,804, followed by Abuja (10,689), Kaduna (4,792), Plateau (4,437), Oyo (3,877), Rivers (3,118), Edo (2,814), Ogun (2,431), Kano (2,133), Delta (1,855), Ondo (1,795), Katsina (1,535), Enugu (1,376), Kwara (1,340), Gombe (1,192), Ebonyi (1,091), Osun (992), Abia (983), Bauchi (912), and Borno (789).
Imo State has recorded 734 cases, Nasarawa (630), Bayelsa (518), Benue (515), Akwa Ibom (413), Ekiti (405), Niger (393), Jigawa (389), Adamawa (355), Anambra (299), Sokoto (279), Taraba (207), Yobe (176), Kebbi (155), Cross River (94), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
Lock Down and Curfew
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 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.
Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.