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Nigeria records 276 new coronavirus cases, total now 8344

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday said 276 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded across the country.

NCDC said Lagos reported 161 of the new cases. According to the NCDC report, Rivers recorded 36 new cases, Edo recorded 27, Kaduna got 19, Nasarawa had 10, and Oyo recorded six new cases.

There were also four new cases found in Kano, three each in Delta and Ebonyi, two in Gombe and one each in Ogun, Ondo, Borno, Abia, and Bauchi.

The number of discharged cases rose from 2,311 on Monday to 2,385. However, 16 more deaths were recorded, taking the nation’s toll to 249.

A total of 8344 cases have now been recorded in 34 states and the FCT.

The number of recoveries is now 2385, while Nigeria has recorded 249 deaths.

While less than 100 fatalities were recorded in the past two weeks, the number of recoveries increased significantly.

As of May 11, a total of 902 patients had been discharged, while 152 deaths had occurred, but by May 18, recoveries had increased to 1,644, with 191 deaths recorded.

The numbers are expected to rise as the NCDC increases testing capacity, but according to Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, nine out of ten patients will recover from COVID-19.


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