By Bamimore Sogo
As at 1 pm, April 1, NCDC has reported new 12 cases, with the total tally rising to 149. John Hopkins University has also reported 883,225 global CORONAVIRUS cases, 44,156 deaths in 180 countries. But the spread is still globally unabated despite several measures such as lockdown, social and Physical distancing that is already in place.
In Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on 29th of March divulging to Nigerians several measures to handle the spread of CORONAVIRUS and it’s social and economic consequences.
Ogun State, Lagos and Abuja are already on lockdown as advised by Nigerian president to effectively curb the spread of the virus in these states. He’s quoted: ” I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.” Also added that “This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States”
While these precautionary measures may have been very effective in halting the spread, low
Testability in Nigeria may be counterproductive. The current testing capacity per day according to NCDC currently stands at 1500, in a country Where over two hundred million people are at risk. This is inferior to the United States of America’s 10,000 capacity to test in a day, and also the same in the UK, US and Russia.
The inability of NCDC to make more than 5,000 CORONAVIRUS tests per day may hinder Several precautionary measures by FG to curb the spread of the virus.
As reported by BBC, 50%of CORONAVIRUS patients are asymptomatic but could spread this Virus to several people. Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde, Davido’s fiancee Chioma, El Rufai, and several politicians and public figures in Nigeria have all reported no clinical symptoms.
The current figure by NCDC put the total CORONAVIRUS cases at 237, but experts have decried these figures as a result of under testing. The steep increase in the number of recorded cases may be as a result of fewer people been tested nationwide.
A notable reason for the hike in the number of cases and fatalities in Italy, Spain and the US may be as a result of late testing which had given a wrong picture of the infected people.
According to John Hopkins University, Coronavirus deaths toll in Spain raced past ten thousand after recording a record of 864 fatalities in the last 24 hours, despite the high testability, with UK deaths rising by 563 deaths to 22,653.
According to NCDC, less than 1,200 people have been tested for Coronavirus in the past 24hours, meaning the discoveries may be highly underestimated.