Wednesday, January 19

NCDC reports 1,355 new cases of covid-19 as spread surges by 126%

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,355 new cases of the covid-19 on Wednesday, 29th December 2021. This is according to the daily update released by the NCDC.

According to the agency, the total cases of the virus recorded in the country, to date has hit 240,387 cases with significant increases being recorded from the beginning of December, which places Nigeria in the fourth wave of the pandemic.

Similarly, a total of 3,030 covid-related deaths have been recorded in the country, indicating a mortality rate of 12.6 per thousand Nigerians.


  • Total Number of Cases – 240,387
  • Total Number Discharged – 213,491
  • Total Deaths – 3,030
  • Total Tests Carried out – 3,823,309

The 1,355 new cases are reported from 10 States -Lagos (1,036), Nasarawa (92), Delta (58), FCT (57), Edo (44), Rivers (25), Kano (23), Enugu (11), Plateau (6), and Bayelsa (3). The number of cases recorded on Wednesday represents a 126.2% increase compared to 599 cases recorded on the previous day.

As of press time, a total of 3.82 million tests have been carried out across the country, representing less than 2% of the entire population.

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 93,754 followed by Abuja (27,104), Rivers (14,350), Kaduna (10,485), Plateau (10,201), Oyo (9,776), Edo (7,475), Ogun (5,694), Ondo (4,874), Kano (4,709), Akwa Ibom (4,487), Kwara (4,228), Osun (3,107), Enugu (2,929), Gombe (2,784), Nasarawa (2,609), Anambra (2,489), Katsina (2,377), and Imo (2,310).

Abia State has recorded 2,129 cases, Ebonyi (2,062), Benue (1,907), Ekiti (1,904), Bauchi (1,857), Borno (1,532), Bayelsa (1,296), Taraba (1,269), Adamawa (1,157), Niger (1,077), Sokoto (810), Cross River (704), Jigawa (627), Yobe (502), Kebbi (470), Zamfara (375), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

What this means

The recent increase in daily number of cases implies that Nigeria has entered the fourth wave of the pandemic. By implication, the sudden surge in the number of daily cases in Nigeria especially at a time when Omicron virus is spreading across major European countries leading to movement restrictions, could cause some form of movement restrictions.

With the current Christmas festivities in the country, which is usually characterised with crowd movement, hanging out, and other forms of celebration, an uncontrolled spread of the virus could be counterproductive for the recovery of the economy.

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