Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases exceed 50,000 as death toll hits 985


The nation has over the past few weeks recorded lower numbers of new infection and recently the total number of confirmed infections surpassed the 50,000 mark.

However, the figure witnessed a sudden jump on Wednesday, 19 August 2020, with the discovery of 593 new COVID-19 cases of infection.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in it’s latest update on the disease reported the total number of case as 50,488.

The new cases were reported from 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Plateau beat Lagos to the lead with 186 new infections as Lagos recorded 172 infections and the FCT recorded 62 new cases.

Other states with new cases include Oyo- 27, Delta- 25, Rivers- 20, Ondo- 19, Edo- 18, Kaduna- 17, Enugu- 12, Akwa-Ibom- 10, Ogun- 7, Abia- 6, Gombe- 6, Kano and Osun with 3 cases each.

The health agency also reported that 470 more people have been successfully treated and discharged from various isolation centres in the country.

Nigeria’s total recovery figure now stands at 37,304, representing 73.88 per cent of the  total number of confirmed cases.

On Wednesday, the country had 12,452 active cases of the novel coronavirus and 985 deaths recorded so far.

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