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COVID-19 Bites Nigeria Very Hard As Akwa Ibom Records 1 Dead From Coronavirus, Total Confirmed Cases Now 9

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There is palpable anxiety in Akwa Ibom State as 1 person has been confirmed dead from COVID-19 by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, April 20, 2020.

The agency also said that 3 new cases have been confirmed bringing the total number of recorded cases in Akwa Ibom State to 9.

The State Government is yet to comment on the unfortunate development as of the time of filing this report, but on Sunday the government had begun aggressive testing of residents in order to make scientific decisions regarding the lockdown.

Residents in the State are anxious to have more details regarding the Coronavirus case that died.

There has been one SUSPECTED COVID-19 death in the State recently. A medical doctor, Dr. Dominic Essien, 50, who passed on to eternal glory on the April 16th at the Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital (ISH).

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The management of ISH, led by Prof Ekanem and the Case Management Team, led by Prof. Etete Peters had in a statement released on April 18 said that samples for COVID-19 were taken from the late doctor and results awaited.

“A 50-year old Medical Doctor, Dr. Dominic Essien was brought into the triage area of the Ibom Mult-specialty Hospital for suspected COVID-19 case at 11.00 pm on 15 April 2020 by his colleague and friend,” Prof Etete Peters said.

“Diagnosis of “COVID-19 Suspect and acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases was made and his sample was taken for SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. The result is still being awaited.”

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Meanwhile, 86 new cases have been recorded in Nigeria as of April 19, 2020. This brings the total number of recorded cases to 627, with 21 deaths.

The breakdown of the new cases are as follows: 70 in Lagos, 7 in FCT, 3 in Katsina, 3 in Akwa Ibom, 1 in Jigawa, 1 in Bauchi, and 1 in Borno.

In total, the number of cases per state are as follows: Lagos- 376, FCT- 88, Kano- 36, Osun- 20, Oyo- 16, Edo- 15, Ogun- 12, Kwara- 9, Katsina- 12, Bauchi- 7, Kaduna- 6, Akwa Ibom- 9, Delta- 4, Ekiti- 3, Ondo- 3, Enugu- 2, Rivers-2, Niger- 2, Benue- 1, Anambra- 1, Borno- 1, and Jigawa- 2.

As at 11:50 pm 19th April there are 627 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.

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Discharged: 170

Death : 21




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Jake Clifford is a Nigerian Born blogger and a fast growing Journalist, whose aim is to inform Nigerians with happening across Nigeria. Send story tips to him via [email protected] or

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