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Early geography of the coronavirus disease outbreak in Nigeria.

Authors
  • Olusola, Adeyemi1
  • Olusola, Babatunde2
  • Onafeso, Olumide3
  • Ajiola, Felix4
  • Adelabu, Samuel1
  • 1 Department of Geography, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. , (South Africa)
  • 2 Department of Virology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. , (Niger)
  • 3 Department of Geography, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State Nigeria. , (Niger)
  • 4 Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. , (Niger)
Type
Published Article
Journal
GeoJournal
Publication Date
Aug 13, 2020
Pages
1–15
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10708-020-10278-1
PMID: 32836703
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

An understanding of the COVID-19 spread is growing around the world, yet little is known of Africa. This paper explores the time-space geographies of COVID-19 infection focusing on Africa and Nigeria especially. We appraise the global-to-local situation of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries as well as measures engaged in response to the pandemic. Findings reveal that South Africa accounts for 40% of the total confirmed cases in Africa, followed by Egypt (18%), Nigeria (6.8%), Ghana (4.6%) and Algeria (3.6). Our study shows a significant relationship between population density and COVID-19 cases in Nigeria (R2 = 0.76; y = 2.43x - 268.7). This expression suggests that high population densities catalyze the spread of COVID-19. While Nigeria has only recorded about 25,964 cases as at the time of writing, the country is struggling to match pressures from rising cases as a result of existing disparities in health care systems. © Springer Nature B.V. 2020.

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