COVID-19: We need to test 2m Nigerians - NCDC
- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced plans to test 2m Nigerians for COVID-19 within the next three months
- Chikwe Ihekweazu, the DG of NCDC said testing is necessary because it is the best way to reduce the spread of the deadly virus
- The NCDC also announced that it has reopened the testing laboratory for COVID-19 in Kano state
The director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said the agency plans to test 2m Nigerians within the next three months.
Ihekweazu made the disclosure during the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, April 28, Channels TV reports.
He said testing more people is necessary because it is the best way to reduce the spread of the deadly virus.
The NCDC also announced that it had reopened the testing laboratory for COVID-19 in Kano state.
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The director-general of the NCDC who made the announcement via his twitter handle disclosed that testing will resume immediately while a second testing laboratory will be activated on Wednesday, April 29, at the Bayero University in Kano state.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday night, April 28, announced 195 Covid-19 cases, the highest daily figure recorded so far by the agency.
In a series of tweets on its verified Twitter handle as at 11:50 pm, NCDC made the announcement as Nigeria's coronavirus cases tragically soared to 1532 figure benchmark.
According to the disease control agency, 80 of the cases were recorded in Lagos, with Kano coming second on the log with whopping 38 cases - the highest reported so far since the outbreak of the virus in the state.
Ogun and Bauchi states have 15 cases each followed by Borno which has 11 cases. It was a huge hit as Gombe has 10 cases, while Sokoto came behind with 9. NCDC also announced that both Edo and Jigawa states recorded five cases, while Zamfara got two cases.
Rivers, Enugu, Delta, FCT and Nasarawa recorded the lowest with one case reported in the state each. 255 have been discharged after fully recovering from the virus while 44 casualties have been reported with Lagos still taking its place as the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria.
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