276 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Nigeria, total 8344

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday confirmed 276 new cases of coronvirus across the country.

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

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

The number of cases over the last few weeks have increased significantly. As of May 11, 2020, a total of 4,641 were confirmed positive out of 28,418 samples tested, but by May 18, the figure increased to 6,175 confirmed cases out of 36,899 samples tested.

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As of May 24, a total of 7,839 COVID-19 cases were recorded out of 45,683 samples tested.

However, 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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