The number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria has now exceeded the 50,000 mark. This development occurred on Wednesday with 593 new cases confirmed in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Daily Times gathered.
The figure is the highest daily record of new cases in August, with Plateau on top of the list of states with 186 positive samples, followed by Lagos with 172.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the new cases in its update for August 19, 2020.
Before Wednesday, the highest number of positive samples for August was 457, which was confirmed on August 5.
The development comes less than four weeks after Nigeria crossed 40,000 cases – the country had confirmed a total of 40,543 infections as of July 26, out of which 17,374 recoveries and 858 deaths were recorded.
However, according to the current data, while more than 100 new deaths have been recorded in the past three weeks, the recovery rate has more than doubled.
Out of over 360,000 tests, a total of 50,488 samples have tested positive in all 36 states and the FCT.