Nigeria has once again broken the record for the highest number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in a day.
On Thursday, June 18, a total of 745 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Nigeria. Indeed, 1st News can report that the figure represents the highest ever recorded in a single day. Equally important, the figure of 745 new cases beats out the previous record of 681 new cases. As a matter of fact, the previous record came exactly a week ago, specifically on Thursday June 11.
The new cases have thus taken total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria to 18, 480.
Meanwhile, a palpable sense of anxiety is becoming discernible among Nigerians; especially as the country’s battle against COVID-19 takes on a worrying dimension with mounting new cases. 1st News can report that the COVID-19 scourge has maintained its upward curve in Nigeria; despite the best efforts of the authorities in reining it in.
Once again, Lagos accounted for the highest tally from the fresh cases recorded yesterday with 280. It was closely followed by Oyo state which recorded 103 new cases. Also, nine other states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) racked up double figures in new cases.
Specifically, the states are Ebonyi – 72 cases, Imo with 46 new cases and Edo with 34. Others are Delta – 33, Rivers – 25, Kaduna – 23, Ondo – 16, Katsina – 12 and Kano – 10. On its part, the FCT was responsible for 60 new cases.
In summary, a total of 20 states and the FCT were responsible for the record 745 new cases reported.
This was revealed in a tweet posted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control near midnight on Thursday.
745 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
475 deaths pic.twitter.com/7nIkvEarwv
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) June 18, 2020
Meanwhile, six new casualties were recorded on Thursday. The development saw the COVID-19 death toll rise to 475 in Nigeria. On the other hand, a total of 340 new recoveries were recorded. The new recoveries have seen the ranks of those who have beaten COVID-19 swell to 6,307 in Nigeria. Equally important, all 340 patients have been discharged.
Furthermore, additional information released by the NCDC shows that active cases currently stand at 11, 698. This refers to patients still on admission. Also, total samples tested currently stand at 106, 006.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 across states in Nigeria.