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Kano’s COVID-19 test centre closed for lack of test kits

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… NCDC confirms 91 new cases to reach 873 total

THE newly established testing centre for COVID-19 in Kano State has closed down its operation.

  Director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Amimu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Isah Abunakar confirmed this yesterday.

  According to him, closing down testing and other operations arose from  lack of testing kits in the centre.

  Abubakar added that the centre would remain closed until new test kits are supplied from Abuja, the nation’s capital.

  He added that samples taken in Kano will be sent to Abuja for testing, pending the resumption of operation at the Kano testing centre.

  During the temporary closure, the laboratory will be fumigated as part of routine bio-safety measures to endure the safety of staff and the environment.

It will be recalled that AKTH testing centre for COVID-19 was established a few weeks ago by Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to contain the spread of the deadly virus in Kano State.

  Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded 91 new cases of COVID-19 to bring the toll to a total of 873 confirmed cases.

  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this yesterday on its verified twitter handle.

  According to the post, 74 of the new cases are in Lagos, five in Katsina, four in Ogun, two in Delta, two in Edo, one in Kwara, one in Oyo, one in FCT, one in Adamawa.

  A further breakdown shows that 197 patients were discharged with total deaths increasing to 28.

  The figures continued consistent rise in new infections as have remained recent trend.

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