Numbers announced yesterday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) show that almost two-thirds of Covid-19 confirmed cases have so far come from 10 States in Nigeria, an analysis by Enugu Metro has shown.
Except for FCT in the North Central, the 10 States driving the most Covid-19 spread in Nigeria are in the South West and the North West Regions, with a relatively low level of occurence from the North East.
Together, these three regions account for nearly 60 percent of current cases confirmed in Nigeria.
Three South West States of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo took the lion share of 38 percent of cases while two North West States took up 17 percent, giving the two regions more than half of all cases at 55 percent.
The South East accounts for a minuscule 0.7 percent of cases reported nationwide to date.
Northern States Account for 45%, not 50
The Director General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said yesterday that 50 per cent of all COVID-19 cases so far reported come from 10 high incidence local government areas.
He did not name the local governments but said the discovery will enable his agency to focus its resources “in areas where they are needed most.”
This announcement came as the Northern Governors Forum released a statement saying that the old Northern Region currently accounts for 50 percent of all cases reported so far and 74 percent of new cases.
Enugu Metro’s calculation, however, shows that the Governors’ claims were not accurate.
Yesterday’s total figure of 3,002 cases reported for 18 states of the defunct Northern Region as well as the FCT accounts for 45 percent of all cases.
On the other hand, figures collated from 16 states in the southern part of the country account for 55 percent of all cases reported to date.
All quiet in SE, save for 2 cases in Abia
Yesterday’s Report by NCDC showed that the South East was relatively quiet, save for Abia State which confirmed two new cases of Covid-19.
No Covid-19 patient was discharged throughout the region which continues to maintain a clean record of deaths from its current tally of 49 infections.
Nationwide, however, 10 deaths were reported from seven States, among them Lagos and FCT (2 each) and one death each reported in Kaduna, Gombe, Rivers, Delta, Kaduna and Adamawa.