COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria

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COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria
States & Territory by confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria
Confirmed cases
Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths in Nigeria
Confirmed deaths
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationNigeria
First outbreakMilan, Italy
Index caseLagos
Arrival date27 February 2020
(4 months, 3 weeks and 4 days ago)
Confirmed cases4,971
Recovered1,070
Deaths
164
Government website
covid19.ncdc.gov.ng

The first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria was announced on February 27 2020, when an Italian citizen in Lagos tested positive for the virus SARS-CoV-2.[1][2]

On March 9, 2020, a second case of the virus was reported in Ewekoro, Ogun State, in a Nigerian citizen who had contact with the Italian citizen.[3]

On March 23, there were ten new cases: six in Lagos State, three in the FCT and one in Edo State.[4] They also confirmed their first death, a 67-year-old Suleiman Achimugu.[5][6]

Economics[change | change source]

Nigeria is Africa's largest economy, and it has a large oil industry. It was hit hard when oil prices fell below zero in spring 2020 because of the pandemic.[7]

According to the World Data Lab, the coronavirus pandemic is bad for Africa's middle class. According to one economist from the Africa and the Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank, a middle-class person is someone who is not rich but does have a steady income. One of the industries that has helped Africa's middle class rise over the past 30 years is tourism, and many countries closed borders and encouraged people not to travel. Experts say this is especially bad because a strong middle class lifts the whole country.[8]

Statistics[change | change source]

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria by state ()[9]
State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Lagos 2,041 1,480 528 33
Kano 707 595 79 33
FCT 370 291 72 7
Katsina 224 187 25 12
Bauchi 206 178 25 3
Borno 188 148 20 20
Jigawa 141 134 4 3
Ogun 127 76 46 5
Gombe 119 53 65 1
Kaduna 116 96 17 3
Sokoto 112 59 40 13
Edo 89 59 26 4
Zamfara 73 67 1 5
Oyo 73 55 16 2
Kwara 53 43 9 1
Osun 42 8 30 4
Rivers 33 25 5 3
Kebbi 31 23 5 3
Nasarawa 28 27 1
Delta 22 13 6 3
Adamawa 21 17 4
Yobe 20 19 1
Plateau 20 16 4
Ondo 18 6 11 1
Akwa Ibom 17 3 12 2
Taraba 17 16 1
Ekiti 15 5 9 1
Enugu 12 10 2
Niger 10 8 2
Ebonyi 9 9
Bayelsa 6 3 3
Benue 4 4
Imo 3 2 1
Abia 2 1 1
Anambra 2 1 1
Total 4,971 3,737 1,070 164
Note: Data as of 2020/05/14 10:00 WAT

References[change | change source]

  1. "FIRST CASE OF CORONA VIRUS DISEASE CONFIRMED IN NIGERIA". Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  2. Maclean, Ruth; Dahir, Abdi Latif (28 February 2020). "Nigeria Responds to First Coronavirus Case in Sub-Saharan Africa". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  3. "Nigeria records second case of Coronavirus". P.M. News. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  4. Onyedika-Ugoeze, Nkechi (23 March 2020). "Nigeria's coronavirus cases now 40". The Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. "Achimugu, ex-PPMC boss identified as Nigeria's first coronavirus death". P.M. News. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  6. Emorinken, Moses (23 March 2020). "COVID-19: UPDATED: First death recorded as confirmed cases rise to 36". The Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  7. Rick Gladstone (April 22, 2020). "Oil Collapse and Covid-19 Create Toxic Geopolitical Stew". New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  8. Abdi Latif Dahir (June 29, 2020). "Coronavirus Is Battering Africa's Growing Middle Class". New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  9. "NCDC Covid-19 Page". Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Retrieved 26 March 2020.