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COVID-19: NCDC begins Cobas testing system

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that it has commenced the use of the Cobas system at the National Reference Laboratory for COVID-19 testing.

  NCDC posted this development in a tweet on its official Twitter page, noting that the deployment would enable it to conduct 960 Coronavirus tests within 8 hours.

  “Today, we began the use of the COBAS system at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory for COVID-19 testing. Using this, approximately 960 samples can be tested in 8 hours. This begins the 2nd prong of our national strategy to integrate lab systems & increase testing capacity,” it tweeted.

Cobas is a system used for a real-time test aimed at the qualitative detection of nucleic acids from swab samples taken from individuals who display symptoms related to COVID-19.

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