14 Fresh COVID-19 Cases Recorded With One Death, Also Nigeria’s Lassa fever Death Toll Rises To 188

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced a death and 14 new COVID-19 cases in the country. The agency broke the news via its Twitter handle on Thursday night.

Of the new figure, Lagos recorded 13 cases, while Delta recorded one. The seven persons discharged in Lagos earlier on Thursday also reflected in NCDC’s new figure, which now has a total of 51 discharged patients.

It’s not clear if the deceased is the 66-year-old Briton whose death Akin Abayomi, commissioner for health in Lagos, announced on Wednesday or the case announced by Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, tweeted about on Thursday night.

The agency did not give details of the deceased in its tweet on Thursday night.

Nigeria currently has 288 confirmed cases.

Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 13 in Lagos and 1 in Delta State

As at 09:30 pm 9th April there are 288 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Fifty-one have been discharged with seven deaths pic.twitter.com/DuP2SGUiTy

— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 9, 2020

The NCDC also said there was an error in the figures it released on April 8, 2020. The agency said the two new cases it reported about Bauchi were incorrect.

“Yesterday, we erroneously reported 2 new cases in Bauchi. Following further review, we can confirm that these were repeat tests for previously confirmed cases. We apologise for this error and remain committed to ensuring transparent and accurate reporting of test results,” the centre said.

So far, Lagos has the highest number of patients with 158 cases. The state, which is currently under lockdown, has indicated that it would commence house-to-house testing as part of efforts to flatten the curve.

Lassa Fever Outbreak Update

Also, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the death toll from Lassa fever in the country has risen to 188.

In its latest situation report, the agency said three more patients had died of Lassa fever as of Sunday, while 12 more persons had been infected.

The total number of infected persons now stands at 963. The NCDC said the new cases were recorded across Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi and Sokoto.

Highlights from the report are:

  • Cumulatively from week 1 to week 14, 2020, 188 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 19.5% which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 (22.7%).
  • In total for 2020, 27 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 126 Local Government Areas (Figure 2 and 3).
  • Of all confirmed cases, 72% are from Edo (32%), Ondo (32%) and Ebonyi (8%) states.
  • The predominant age-group affected is 21-30 years (Range: <1 to 78 years, Median Age: 33 years).
  • The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:1.2.
  • The number of suspected cases has significantly increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2019.
  • No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 14.


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