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COVID-19: Nigeria’s deaths last week highest in a month

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Last week’s record of 43 new COVID-19 deaths is the highest in four weeks.

According to data sourced from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the last time Nigeria recorded more deaths than last week was the 54 deaths reported in the 32nd week of the pandemic (August 2- August 8).

The data also showed that the tally of 43 deaths last week represents a 67 per cent increase to the 14 deaths recorded in the previous week.

Fewer cases, recoveries

Analysis further showed that fewer cases were reported last week, the 36th week of the pandemic in Nigeria.

Last week’s record of 1,178 new COVID-19 cases is Nigeria’s lowest in four months. The last time the country recorded a lower weekly figure was the 1,206 cases recorded in the week between April 29 and May 2.

Also, the 1,178 cases represent a 35 per cent reduction when compared to the previous week’s record of 1,822 infections, which in itself was the lowest weekly record in three months.

Not only was last week’s record of 1,178 cases the lowest in four months, but the 124 new cases recorded on Thursday was also the lowest daily figure in nearly four months.

While last week’s fewer cases could be further evidence of the receding nature of the virus in the country, it could also have been the effect of reduced testing.

A total of 18,473 samples was tested last week compared to the 24,277 samples collected in the previous week; a 23 per cent reduction.

Nigeria’s testing numbers continue to reduce despite now having 70 molecular laboratories across the country.

Federal authorities last week blamed the low testing on the fewer collection of samples by state governments.

Also, a total of 1,608 persons recovered from the disease and were discharged last week, which represents a 36 per cent reduction when compared to the 2,547 persons discharged in the previous week.

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