Chidi Samuel| Nigeria on Tuesday confirmed 117 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing to 782 the total number of people with the infection in the country.
Monday’s number is the largest single-day toll since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria in February.
Confirming the development in Tweet, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control said the infections were recorded in Lagos, FCT, Kano, Bornu, Katsina, Ogun, Rivers and Bauchi.
The tweet read, ”117 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported;
59 in Lagos
29 in FCT
14 in Kano
6 in Borno
4 in Katsina
3 in Ogun
1 in Rivers
1 in Bauchi
”As at 11:25 pm 21st April there are 782 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria”.
_–Anxiety mounts as Kano records ‘180 deaths within four days’
Meanwhile, the recent rise in deaths in Kano state has been a source of concern to residents.
A health worker, who spoke off the record, told an Online publication that 180 persons have been buried in the last four days.
Although the development comes at a time when the state recorded 59 COVID-19 cases, the third highest in the country, some health workers said the deaths are not related to the disease which has claimed over 170,000 lives across the world.
There has been panic in the state since the deaths went on the increase after the state recorded its first case of COVID-19.
Adamu Umar, a cemetery guard at farm centre, said he buried over 17 people, adding that the situation is scary, as it is unusual since he began working there in the last four years.
On Tuesday, about 10 people were also said to have been buried at Dandolo.
Tijjani Hussaini, the state’s executive secretary of the primary healthcare board, said they were yet to ascertain the cause of the said deaths, but that the situation had “sent residents panicking.”
“The investigation is prompted by reports that more deaths have been recorded in the past seven days. We want to know the number of persons already dead. We also want to investigate how they died,” he said.
“It is when we have a good idea; it is when we get the outcome of the findings that we can properly draw conclusions and brief the public.”
Mustapha Hikima, the chief medical director of Nassarawa Hospital, said the areas where deaths have been recorded are densely populated which makes the number insignificant.
“We don’t have the baseline information, but considering the high population size of Kano, the increase in the deaths is not significant,” he said.
“We should also take the time of the occurrence of the deaths into consideration. The time happens occasionally. So it is subjective to judge when a case happens within just three days. To me, this is not a serious problem because it happens sometimes. So I appeal to people to be calm.”
The Kano government says it has activated community informants structure of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to report deaths and cause of deaths and has also deployed officers in all cemeteries to count bodies brought in for burial every day.