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 65,693 confirmed cases.
On the 18th of November 2020, 236 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,574 samples across the country.
To date, 65,693 cases have been confirmed, 61,457 cases have been discharged and 1,163 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 721,516 tests have been carried out as of November 18th, 2020 compared to 717,942 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 18th November 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 65,693
- Total Number Discharged – 61,457
- Total Deaths – 1,163
- Total Tests Carried out – 721,516
According to the NCDC, the 236 new cases are reported from 14 states- Lagos (142), Ogun (19), Kaduna (15), FCT (14), Imo (14), Rivers (14), Plateau (6), Katsina (3), Ekiti (2), Jigawa (2), Oyo (2), Cross River (1), Kano (1), Taraba (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 22,704, followed by Abuja (6,399), Plateau (3,730), Oyo (3,695), Rivers (2,930), Kaduna (2,793), Edo (2,690), Ogun (2,122), Delta (1,823), Kano (1,769), Ondo (1,722), Enugu (1,332), Kwara (1,088), Ebonyi (1,055), Katsina (968), Osun (942), Gombe (938). Abia (926), Bauchi (750), and Borno (745).
Imo State has recorded 662 cases, Benue (493), Nasarawa (485), Bayelsa (426), Ekiti (346), Jigawa (327), Akwa Ibom (319), Niger (286), Anambra (285), Adamawa (261), Sokoto (165), Taraba (156), Kebbi (93), Yobe (92), Cross River (90), 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.