Source: NCDC

Nigeria has recorded 220 new cases of the novel coronavirus, within the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total number of persons infected by the virus to 2,388.

Meanwhile, there is apprehension over Federal Government’s plans to commence a gradual and phased relaxing of the lockdown imposed five weeks ago on Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja as part of measures to curtail the spread of the virus in the country.

According to a tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC on Saturday, May 2, out of the 220 new cases, 62 are in Lagos, 52 from the FCT, 31 in Kaduna and 13 from Sokoto.

Others include; Kebbi 10, Yobe nine, Borno six, Edo and Bauchi states five each while Gombe, Enugu and Oyo States had four cases apiece, Zamfra had three even as Nasarawa, Osun, Ebonyi, Kwara, Kano and Plateau States recorded two cases apiece, bringing to a total of 220 cases in one day.

The statistics also show that the number of deaths from the virus also rose to 85 while 385 persons have now recovered and discharged from the various isolation centres.

Many residents in Lagos have expressed apprehension over the decision of the government to ease out the lockdown with effect from Monday, May 4, 2020, saying it might lead to further spread of the virus, especially in the three locations with the highest number of cases.

Some of the residents, who spoke with our correspondents, attributed this decision to the inability of the government to provide palliative for the citizens, especially those on daily income structure, who must go out daily to earn a living.

They further argued that the five-week lockdown could not be strictly enforced because these categories of citizens could not be kept indoors for more than two days without any palliative.

Recall that globally, the novel coronavirus has killed at least 241,682 people since the outbreak first emerged in China in December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Saturday.

It was also gathered that more than 3,398,390 cases were registered in 195 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,023,900 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.

Over the past 24 hours, 6,167 new deaths have been recorded and 94,645 new infections around the world.

The countries with the newest fatalities over the 24-hour period were the United States with 2,518, Britain with 621 and Italy with 474.

The United States has the highest number of total deaths with 65,645 out of 1,121,414 cases. At least 164,015 have been declared recovered.

Italy has the second-highest toll with 28,710 deaths out of 209,328 cases, followed by Britain with 28,131 deaths from 182,260 cases, Spain 25,100 deaths and 216,582 cases and France with 24,760 deaths and 168,396 cases.

The country with the highest proportion of fatalities per population is Belgium, with 67 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Spain with 54, Italy with 47, Britain with 41 and France with 38.

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,633 deaths and 82,875 cases. It has 77,642 recovered cases.

Europe has a total of 142,223 deaths from 1,521,847 cases, the United States and Canada have 69,278 deaths and 1,177,994 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean have 12,533 deaths and 234,032 cases, Asia has 8,919 deaths and 233,465 cases, the Middle East has 6,879 deaths and 180,721 cases, Africa has 1,730 deaths from 42,229 cases, and Oceania 120 deaths from 8,102 cases.