Nigeria's coronavirus patients now 139 as NCDC confirms 4 new cases

Nigeria's coronavirus patients now 139 as NCDC confirms 4 new cases

- Nigeria's coronavirus cases are now officially 139 after confirmation of 4 new cases

- This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control around 8pm on Tuesday, March 31

- The new cases are 3 in the Federal Capital Territory and 1 in Lagos

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported that there are 4 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

The NCDC via its official Twitter account on Tuesday, March 23, revealed that the new cases are 3 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 1 in Lagos state.

“Four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 3 in the FCT and 1 in Lagos.

“As at 08:00 pm 31st March there are 139 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths,” the tweet read.

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The new cases, compared to that of Monday, March 30 suggests there is a sharp decline in the number of positive cases in the country.

The NCDC had announced 20 new cases on the day as the lockdown in the FCT and Lagos commenced.

Meanwhile, minister of state for health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, on Monday, March 30 disclosed that it costs the Nigerian government about N10,000 to conduct a COVID-19 test on one individual.

Mamora, a graduate of medicine and surgery from the University of Ife, stated that the testing method by the government is the World Health Organization (WHO) validated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which produces an accurate result.

He said the government was, however, not worried about the cost but the accuracy of the result, hence the insistence on real-time PCR equipment.

His words: “I don’t have the exact figure but I was meant to understand that it costs about N10,000 or thereabout to run the test. I am not too sure about the figure.

“But even if at N10,000, you can just imagine the huge financial involvement given the number of people that want to be tested.

“Perhaps, that was why people are coming up with RDTs but we have reservation about it. It’s not WHO validated, it’s mostly based on anti-bodies that would be identified in the blood.

“Also, the margin of error is quite high. PCR remains the most reliable method of testing for an accurate result.”

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