- Governor Willie Obiano has told residents of Anambra state that the number of COVID-19 cases in the state would likely increase
- The governor made the disclosure on Friday, July 10, through the commissioner of information, Don-Adinuba
- Obiano, however, said Anambra has the capacity to manage cases should there be a spike
Governor Willie Obiano has told residents of Anambra state that the number of COVID-19 cases in the state would likely increase in the coming weeks.
The governor made the disclosure on Friday, July 10, through the commissioner of information, Don-Adinuba, The Nation reported.
He said in recent times there has been no significant rise of the disease in the state, pointing out the 20 cases reported by the NCDC days ago were based on samples taken over three weeks across the state.
The governor said Anambra has the capacity to manage cases should there be a spike.
Obiano disclosed that the state was planning to increase testing capacity after the commissioning of the mega laboratory at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka.
He said the mega lab will be able to test 470 samples for COVID-19 simultaneously, thereby increasing the detection rate in the state.
Meanwhile, Nigerian scientists have developed indigenous rapid testing kits for COVID-19 as the country battles with the deadly disease.
The disclosure was made by the minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, who said the RNA Swift testing kits can accurately detect COVID-19 at a drastically lower cost.
Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, July 9, Onu said five million farmers will be tested with the kits in the coming months, adding that 10 million kits will be produced in the first batch, How Africa reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the head of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Alex Akpa, corroborated the minister's claim that the RNA Swift is accurate. He said the RNA Swift competes favourably with conventional and commercially available kits for the diagnosis of COVID-19.
In another news report, Nigeria's Covid-19 cases are now over 30,000 as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 460 new infections on Wednesday night, July 8.
The new infections were confirmed in 21 states, with Lagos topping the chart again with 150 cases while Rivers occupied the second spot with 49 cases.
With the new infections, Nigeria now has 30,249 confirmed cases, 12,373 discharged and 684 deaths.
A review of the NCDC data indicates that 265 people have recovered in the last 24 hours while 15 people have died with the same period. Below is the state by state breakdown of the new infections.
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