The Stears Business team has put together a series of live-data visualisations which will help you track the spread of the virus in Nigeria since the first case on 27th February 2020. We have also launched a Covid-19 column and providing insights on the coronavirus in our weekly newsletter. For any data visualisation requests, email our data journalist at [email protected]
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1. Lagos is Nigeria's hotspot
Currently, most Nigerian cases have come from international travellers arriving in Lagos and Abuja. The map below shows how Lagos - the state with the most cases - has spread the virus to surrounding states. You can monitor its spread below:
Live Data: Map of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria
Click on the map to see details.
2. Nigeria is not testing enough people
Nigeria’s number of cases are likely to be underestimated given Nigeria’s low test rate. As of the 22nd of March, Nigeria had tested 150 people, much lower than the world average of 32,000. South Africa has carried out around 15,000 tests.
Live Data: Coronavirus cases and deaths by state
3. Watch out for the rate of daily cases
Since Nigeria’s 10th case, there has been an increase in cases of around seven per day. While it's too early to compare with other countries, the speed of daily cases is used as an indicator of how quickly the virus is spreading or being contained.
This will, of course, depend on how accurate and timely the Nigerian government makes its daily announcements.
Live Data: Growth of coronavirus cases
Click to see day-to-day changes