Nigeria records 236 new COVID-19 cases, 142 in Lagos
As Nigeria continues its fight against COVID-19, 236 new cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed in 13 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).
This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its update for November 18, 2020.
The Wednesday figure is the highest in nine days — the country recorded 300 new samples on November 8, 2020.
According to the states breakdown, Lagos alone accounted for more than half of the new cases with 142 infections, followed by Ogun with 19, and Kaduna with 15.
Lagos still holds the spot as the epicentre of coronavirus infections, as the state accounts for 1,305 patients out of Nigeria’s total of 3,073 active cases.
The state has also recorded the most infections with 22,704 cases so far, out of which 21,179 patients have been discharged.
Meanwhile, the country lost what would have been its zero death count for the fifth consecutive day, with one new fatality recorded on Wednesday.
But according to the NCDC, “a previously recorded death in Edo state was erroneously reported,” and as a result, Nigeria’s current fatality toll still stands at 1,163.
Before Wednesday, the last time NCDC recorded a new fatality was on November 13.
A total of 120 patients were discharged on Wednesday, increasing the total number of recoveries to 61,457.
So far, a total of 65,693 cases have been confirmed across Nigeria.
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