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Cable News reports that Nigeria recorded more than half of its total confirmed COVID-19 cases within two weeks of easing the lockdown.

President Muhammadu Buhari had declared a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja for a period of five weeks in order to check the spread of the disease.

But the lockdown was eased for two weeks from May 4 following a presidential directive.

This led to the partial reopening of the economy and the movement of persons within the mentioned states and the federal capital territory.

However, data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows that the country recorded more than half of its total confirmed cases after the lockdown was eased.

Prior to the easing of the lockdown, Nigeria recorded 2,558 cases as of May 3.

The country also had on record, 400 discharged patients and 87 deaths.

It should, however, be noted that COVID-19 test results take between one to five days to come back in. This means some of the numbers within the latter two-week period were tested during the lockdown.

On May 7, Nigeria recorded its highest daily toll with 381 confirmed cases, but the record now appears to be short-lived as 338 COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Sunday.

Although, the country has discharged 1,594 patients, 182 persons have died from the disease.

Lagos, Kano, FCT, Katsina, Bauchi, Borno and Jigawa are now the top seven on the list of 34 states and the federal capital territory with the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Compared to the data of May 3, Nigeria recorded an additional 3,401 cases during the two weeks the lockdown was eased. 1,194  patients recovered from the disease during the period, while 95 deaths were recorded.

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