The Nigerian Centre for Disease and Control has reported that a total of 4,188 covid-19 patients were discharged on Sunday, 24th October 2021, dropping the total number of active cases in the country to a record low of 5,199. This is according to information tracked by Nairalytics, the research arm of Nairametrics from the website of the agency.

As of 23rd October 2021, the number of discharged patients were 198,191 out of the total 210,295 cases recorded from inception to date. However, on Sunday, 24th October the number increased significantly to 202,379 discharged, representing 4,188 discharged patients in a single day.

This decline dropped the number of active cases to its lowest since July 2021 as the number of daily cases continue to reduce although slowly. On the other hand, the number of deaths has been on the high side lately, with 154 deaths recorded so far in the month of October 2021.

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Total Number of Cases – 210,460

Total Number Discharged – 202,379

Total Deaths – 2,882

Total Tests Carried out – 3,207,523

Source: Nairalytics

Meanwhile, on the 24th of October 2021, 165 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 and 26 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, taking the total cases to 210,460. According to the NCDC, the 165 new cases are reported from 10 States- Lagos (77), FCT (43), Rivers (22), Oyo (10), Osun (6), Bayelsa (2), Edo (2), Kaduna (1), Kano (1) and Ogun (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 77,676, followed by Abuja (23,117), Rivers (12,607), Kaduna (10,009), Plateau (9,674), Oyo (8,742), Edo (6,568), Ogun (5,371), Ondo (4,545), Akwa Ibom (4,348), Kano (4,329), Kwara (3,930), Delta (3,588), Osun (2,985), Enugu (2,726), Gombe (2,566), Nasarawa (2,478), Anambra (2,369), Katsina (2,226), Ebonyi (2,059), and Imo (2,036).

Abia State has recorded 2,013 cases, Benue (1,785), Ekiti (1,762), Bauchi (1,677), Borno (1,356), Bayelsa (1,232), Taraba (1,201), Adamawa (1,157), Niger (1,057), Sokoto (806), Cross River (625), Jigawa (598), Yobe (502), Kebbi (458), Zamfara (277), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

It is worth noting that the federal government has directed all its employees to get vaccinated against the covid-19 virus because it will soon become a prerequisite for gaining access into their offices. This is aimed at increasing the rollout of vaccination in the country so as to curb the spread of the disease.

Why this matters

The decline in the number of active cases in the country reduces the pressure that the covid-19 pandemic has placed on the people as well as the government. With the increased vaccination, Nigerians hope to be free from the virus so as to resume business activities as usual.