Active cases decrease, many fear new infections with return to school and nationwide protests
As of 20 October, out of 590,635 samples tested since the onset of the pandemic, 61,558 cases were confirmed throughout the country, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). These include 3,736 active cases, 56,697 discharged patients and 1,125 fatalities.
The number of active cases has decreased by more than 50 per cent in a week, with 4,876 cases discharged between 12 and 18 October. More than 92 per cent of total cases have now recovered.
None of the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe have recorded new COVID-19 cases over the past week. There are no more active cases in Adamawa State, while four cases remain active in Borno State and five in Yobe State. Borno State has recorded a total of 745 cases so far, Adamawa State, 248 cases, and Yobe State, 79 cases.
Ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality and return to school have sparked concerns of further spread of the disease and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has warned of a spike in infections over the next two weeks.
The impact of the pandemic and of restrictions enforced to curtail the spread of the virus in the BAY states, especially in overcrowded areas such as congested IDP camps and host communities, are exacerbating vulnerabilities. Aid actors have raised concerns over rising food insecurity, malnutrition and protection risks. They are scaling up assistance and adequate resources will be essential in coming months to cushion the impact of the pandemic on the 10.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
The number of people in need of urgent assistance in north-east Nigeria rose from 7.9 million at the beginning of 2020 to 10.6 million since the onset of COVID-19.
As many as 4.3 million people may become food insecure, up from pre-COVID-19 figures of 3.7 million Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states recorded COVID-19 cases, some in IDP camps. Aid actors have adapted the response, including setting up hand washing stations and quarantine shelters.
Heavy rainfalls and floods have affected over 100,000 people in the BAY states, hindering access.
Humanitarians pre-positioned assistance and are mobilising increased resources
Despite challenges, aid workers have already reached over 3 million people with life-saving assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states since the beginning of the year
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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