COVID-19: FCT now on top of table of active cases in Nigeria

Coronavirus Pandemic

There are now more active cases of COVID-19 in the Federal Capital Territory than Lagos which has been the epicentre of the virus since Nigeria recorded its first infection on 27, February, 2020, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC. 

According to the the Nigeria Active Case Fact Sheet of the NDDC, as at Aug. 25 there are 3, 548 active cases in the FCT while Lagos has 2, 602 active cases. 

 Oyo, Plateau and Imo States have 1,289, 988 and 326 respectively. 

Meanwhile, the NCDC also announced confirmation of 221 new cases of coronavirus in the country on its official twitter handle on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 221 new cases was the  lowest number of cases recorded in the country in about three months.

It recalls that on Aug. 4, Nigeria  reported 288 COVID-19 new cases  and 290 one week later, while another low figure of 252 was recorded on Aug. 25.

NCDC said that there were more persons who died of COVID-19 related complications in the country in the last 24 hours with the national death toll rising to 1,010.

The NCDC said that the number of recovery crossed the 40,000 mark after 317 more people were treated and discharged from isolation centres across the country.

The agency stated that this  brought the total number of recovered cases in the country to 40,281, representing almost 76 per cent of the total number of confirmed infections put at 53,021.

The public health agency said that the 221 new cases were reported from 20 states.

The agency said that Plateau state reported 60, which was the highest of the day.

Among others were FCT, 33, Kaduna, 26, Rivers, 18, Lagos, 17, Enugu, 9 , Kwara, 9, Ondo, 9, Nasarawa, 6, Gombe, 5, Anambra, 5, Delta, 4, Abia, 4, Imo, 3, Edo, 2, Ogun, 2, Oyo, 2, Osun, 2, Bauchi, 1, and Kano, 1.

Meanwhile, the agency urged pregnant women and nursing mothers to  protect themselves by reducing the risk of COVID-19 through frequent hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and limiting contact with others.

It stated that  pregnant and nursing mothers might come in contact with infected people with no COVID-19 symptoms.

“It is important to maintain physical distancing and avoid large gatherings because you may not know who may have COVID-19,” it said.

The health agency, however urged Nigerians to take responsibility to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

NAN reports that the Nigeria COVID-19 figures by the NCDC, on sample collection as at Aug. 25 stand thus: Lagos, 95, 843,  FCT, 46,413, Kano, 42, 744, Plateau, 23, 113 and Oyo, 19,562.