- Nigeria's coronavirus cases are now officially 49,485 after confirmation of 417 new cases
- This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, August 17
- Lagos and Kaduna states have the highest number of cases while Ondo followed with 38 cases
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 417 new cases of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
According to NCDC, Nigeria now has 49,485 confirmed cases with 36,834 patients already recovered and discharged. The death toll also rose by 2 to 977 from 975 that was reported on Sunday, August 16.
In the latest figures released by the national health agency via its official Twitter handle late on Monday, August 17, the infection spread across 17 states in the country.
Lagos that is known as the epicentre of the pandemic continues to lead with 207 cases, Kaduna comes in second with 44 cases. Ondo, Abia, and Anambra recorded 38, 28, and 21 cases respectively.
Here is the full list as released by the NCDC via its official Twitter account:
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC, has revealed that the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in some states have started to drop.
He said the agency received decreased cases of coronavirus in Lagos, Kano, FCT, Plateau, and Borno state.
Ihekweazu explained that the reason for the reduction in the positivity rate in those states was the result of consistently testing high numbers of persons.
In other news, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, the chief medical director, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says that the hospital has lost 18 persons out of the 159 COVID-19 patients it has treated so far.
Otegbayo made this known in Ibadan on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the Josephus Foundation-aided new Infectious Disease Centre at UCH.
According to him, the coronavirus cases treated by the teaching hospital were severe with some of the patients having underlying health conditions.
He said: “From the last figure I saw, we have treated about 159 COVID-19 patients and 18 of them died."
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