COVID-19: Buhari’s aide, others lament as Lagos racks up record 378 new cases

COVID-19: Buhari’s aide, others lament as Lagos racks up record 378 new cases

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.


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.

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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.


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