Reactions have trailed the spiralling rate of new COVID-19 infections in Lagos; with an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari joining other Nigerians in bemoaning the situation.
Indeed, Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari; had expressed concern over the increase in new cases in Lagos in particular. Taking to his verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Sunday, Ahmad had urged Nigerians to take responsibility.
‘Things not looking good gaskiya, 553 new cases in Nigeria, 378 in Lagos alone. Taking responsibility is the only way that can slow down these numbers. Stay at home. When going out becomes necessary, wear a mas. Observe social distancing and other NCDC guidelines. Let’s do it!,” he implored.
Things not looking good gaskiya, 553 new cases in Nigeria, 378 in Lagos alone. Taking responsibility is the only way that can slow down these numbers. Stay at home, when going out becomes necessary, wear a mask, observe social distancing and other NCDC guidelines. Let’s do it! ??
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 30, 2020
On Saturday, May 30, 2020, Nigeria had broken its existing record for new cases of COVID-19 recorded in a single day. Specifically, the country’s disease-fighting agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); had disclosed that 553 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Nigeria.
Indeed, 1st News had reported that the figure of 553 new cases of COVID-19 recorded on Saturday; represents Nigeria’s highest ever daily figure. The new figure shatters the previous record of 389 cases set on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
Equally important, the 553 new cases have raised Nigeria’s infection total to 9855 confirmed cases.
Significantly, an overwhelming portion of the record breaking figure comes from Lagos. Specifically, Lagos accounted for an overwhelming majority of the new infections on Saturday. It recorded 378 out of the 553 new cases on Saturday.
1st News can report that the 378 new cases also represent a record for Lagos. It is the highest new infection recorded in a single day in the state since the pandemic hit.
Meanwhile, five other states – Delta with 23 cases, Edo with 22, Rivers – 14, Ogun – 13 and Kaduna with 12; as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory which recorded 52 cases; all racked up double figures in new cases. In summary, 14 states and the FCT were responsible for the 553 new cases reported on Saturday.
The details were shared online by the NCDC on Saturday. Specifically, the agency had taken to Twitter to share the latest updates.
Subsequently, Nigerians have reacted to the development.
As a matter of fact, many Twitter users had taken to their respective handles to lament the rising cases of COVID-19. In addition to the 553 new cases which represents a new record in Nigeria; most users had equally bemoaned the peculiar situation in Lagos.
The Centre of Excellence, as Lagos is fondly addressed, has remained the epicentre of the COVID-19 infection in Nigeria. Currently, Lagos accounts for a total of 4755 cases, representing 48.2 per cent of Nigeria’s total.
Meanwhile, 1st News has put together some of the reactions from Nigerians on the development below.
553 new cases, 378 in Lagos. God heal the land, meanwhile let’s continue to stay safe and wash our hands regularly. Corona virus is not a joke don’t wait till it gets to you or someone close to you. Koni baje fun wa o ?
— Odunlade Adekola (@Odunadekolade) May 30, 2020
535 and 378 in Lagos!!! This is very serious. Should we lock down again?? This numbers are getting outrageous
— Jabal (@Jabal82705207) May 31, 2020
"378 in Lagos"
Wow!!! May God help us ijn amen.
— Esther Ogechi (@gallantoge) May 31, 2020
378 in Lagos again?
We are never seeing the end to this pandemic anytime soon
— Tobi Adisa (@deeduke1) May 31, 2020
378 in Lagos. Easing of lockdown might not have been a good idea in lagos because people are not acting responsibly.
— Ajayi seun (@seunajai) May 31, 2020
378 in Lagos
Please stop the narrative that you don't know anyone who knows someone that has the virus.
I know someone who has died from it!
I know someone who has recovered!
I know someone in isolation centre.
Covid is real! Stay safe!
— koni Baje (@richy_esan) May 31, 2020
378 in Lagos?? Lagos has finally broken record. Does this mean we’re not resuming schools again ?
— P-R-E-S-H #BBNaija ❼ (@seyitanfumi) May 30, 2020
Lockdown relaxed to curfew, then Lagos escalated to 378 in one night.
378 in Lagos is a signal that Nigeria is nowhere near the peak of the first wave of our own share of this pandemic, not to even think of easing any lockdown and allow people to return to the street.
— AyeMojubar (@ayemojubar) May 30, 2020
378 in Lagos ?
Schools and churches reopening is 2021.?
Lagosians play me I can't kill myself oo ?
— Your Favorite CORRUPTION ? (@funny_dagreat) May 30, 2020
378 in Lagos and we are all out and about every other day.
Schools are planning to reopen
Religious groups can’t wait to get back out there.
There is ZERO social distancing
People wear nose mask ? below the nose.
We have called COVID-19 a joke now the numbers are talking back. https://t.co/ObMXfOck98
— ⚠️ I am Addictive ⚠️ (@BestManMaybe) May 30, 2020
553 new cases, 378 in Lagos ?
Father, we desperately need your help
Heal our land Lord pic.twitter.com/sdsb1b4m2V
— Mhide Banks||Photoshop Guy? (@MhideBanks) May 31, 2020
378 in Lagos???
Don't even think about resuming school this year pic.twitter.com/IDCR5HXzL4
— Brownie (@iCraze6) May 31, 2020