Nigeria enters phase 3 of eased lockdown
As of 27 October, out of 612,154 samples tested since the onset of the pandemic, 61,111 cases were confirmed throughout the country, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). These include 3,408 active cases, 57,571 discharged patients and 1,132 fatalities.
The number of new COVID-19 cases has continued to decrease last week. However, there are concerns this week may see a rise in infections following nationwide massive protests held last week.
As opposed to the previous week, both Adamawa and Yobe States reported new COVID-19 cases last week. Adamawa reported nine new cases, bringing the total to 257 confirmed cases. Yobe State reported three new cases for a total of 82 confirmed cases. Borno State, however, did not confirm new cases and the number of confirmed cases remains at 745 since 29 September.
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has highlighted that while recent numbers point to a likely flattening of the curve, Nigeria is not yet ready for a full reopening of the economy. Phase three of the extension of eased lockdown is now in place, with an emphasis on protective measures, opening of certain public spaces though bars and clubs remain closed.
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