345 in Lagos; Nigerians express shock at latest Coronavirus cases

by Toluwanimi Onakoya

The first case of Coronavirus in the country was recorded in February. The patient, an Italian who predominantly worked in Lagos, had just returned from Milan when he was tested positive for the deadly disease. The government sprung into action, educating citizens on how to prevent coronavirus and soon after, setting in place a nationwide lockdown which is gradually been eased off as we continue to notice the steady rise of Coronavirus cases across various states of the country.

Nigerians were however, left shell shocked Thursday night following the daily report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the number of coronavirus cases in the nation. With the NCDC reporting the highest number of active cases thus far yesterday with 345 active cases in Lagos alone, the announcement spurred series of reactions from Nigerians.

Many were quick to say they weren’t surprised at the numbers, seeing as the lockdown is continuously being eased. The fact that “Danfo” buses were still in operation, packing several people together into their public vehicles also prepared them for the exponential increase in cases.

Some urged the government to reinstate a complete lockdown so as to curb the rising numbers; stressing that human lives are more important than the economic standing of the country.

The laissez-faire attitude of some Nigerians towards the pandemic was commented on as many accused Lagosians of not caring about the existence of the virus and taking no precautions in protecting themselves.

Others expressed despair and helplessness at the current numbers and sought spiritual help to intervene on the matter.

Unsurprisingly, there were some others who expressed nonchalance at the numbers, dismissing it. It would seem as though some people are already getting desensitized to the news.


A similar group of persons spouted theories; stating that the coronavirus numbers were not believable and that the NCDC had more to do in showing more data to convince Nigerians.


A lot of persons who claim to have suffered from the Coronavirus disease themselves or know people who have, offered up a caution urged Nigerians to remain safe. Going as far as confirming that Coronavirus is indeed real.


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