As at Monday, May 18, the confirmed COVID-19 cases in 55 African countries stand at 84,596, about 15,000 away from 100,000. However, number of recoveries is impressive at 32,516 while 2,759 have died from the pandemic across Africa.

South Africa has the most reported cases – 15,515, with deaths numbering 264, Egypt has 12,229 cases, Morocco-6,870 while Algeria and Ghana have 7,019 and Ghana 5,735 respectively. Nigeria is next with 5,959.

The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well national and regional public health departments.

Nigeria recorded 338 daily infections on Sunday, bringing the country’s total coronavirus infections to 5,959, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which confirmed the figures.

Of the 338 new infections, Lagos recorded 177 cases, Kano 64, Abuja 21, Rivers with 16, Plateau and 14, Oyo 11.

Others are Katsina 9, Jigawa 4, Kaduna 4, Abia 3, Bauchi 3, Borno 3, Gombe 2, Akwa Ibom 2, Delta 2, Ondo 1, Kebbi 1 and Sokoto 1.

However, Nigeria has also recorded improvement in the number of recovery cases and 1,594 people have been discharged after testing negative at the isolation centers. The country has lost 182 to the pandemic.


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