- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 216 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the country
- The new cases are reported in 15 states with Lagos state leading again with 74 cases and Katsina occupying the second spot with 33
- A total of 6,175 confirmed COVID-19 cases have now been recorded in 34 states and Abuja
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, May 18, confirmed 216 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the country.
The NCDC in a tweet disclosed via its official Twitter account that nine deaths were recorded and the number of fatalities increased from 182 to 191, while 50 patients were discharged as recoveries increased from 1,594 to 1,644.
The 16 new cases are reported from 15 states - Lagos (74), Katsina (33), Oyo (19), Kano (17), Edo (13), Zamfara (10), Ogun (8), Gombe (8), Borno (8), Bauchi (7), Kwara (7), FCT (4), Kaduna (3), Enugu (3), Rivers (2).
A total of 6,175 confirmed COVID-19 cases have now been recorded in 34 states and the FCT.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos state government said three of the 256 Nigerians recently evacuated from Dubai have tested positive for coronavirus.
This was disclosed by the state's commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi, on Sunday morning, May 17, via his official twitter handle.
According to Abayomi, the evacuees who tested positive have been moved to one of the state's isolation centres.
Amid ongoing collective efforts channelled against the coronavirus crisis, the federal government has warned that there is no cure yet for the Covid-19 infection.
The declaration was made by the Ministry of Health via its official Twitter page on Monday, May 18, adding that investigations through clinical trials are ongoing on a possible cure.
BREAKING: Nigeria records 176 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths, 152 recoveries in 14 states, total infections now 5,621
"There isn't any cure yet for the treatment of #COVID19. Treatments are under investigation and are tested through clinical trials," the health ministry said.
The ministry also enjoined Nigerians to adhere to the public health advisories issued by government agencies.
In other news, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) is on the run after testing positive to COVID-19 following the increase of coronavirus pandemic cases.
The CSP (names withheld) attached to 21 Police Mobile Force (PMF) Nyanya, Abuja, fled when a team of health workers went to evacuate him from his residence at Garki Barracks on Friday, May 15.
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