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NCDC to test 2m people in three months

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… Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases rise to 1,532

AGAINST the backdrop of sharp rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said it has concluded arrangements to step up massive testing of people.

According to Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, over two million would be tested in three months. He also explained that Nigeria had so far conducted a total of 12,004 tests.

“We have learnt from every other country and we have found out that the only way to achieve this is to test more people. Our strategic group that is attending to this outbreak has set itself a target of testing two million people in the next three months.

This is a very ambitious target. We are working very hard with our development partners and friends to equip our laboratories to be able to make this happen,” he stated.

  Ihekwazu added that the move was in line with the charge given by President Muhammadu Buhari while addressing the nation on Monday to expand the nation’s testing capacity.

  He also shed light on the confirmed COVID-19 cases toll in Nigeria which currently stands at 1,532, with 255 recoveries and 44 deaths after 195 new cases were recorded.

“195 new cases of #COVID19 reported: 80 – Lagos, 38 – Kano, 15 – Ogun, 15 – Bauchi, 11 – Borno, 10 – Gombe, 9 – Sokoto, 5 – Edo, 5 – Jigawa, 2 – Zamfara, 1 – Rivers, 1 – Enugu, 1 – Delta, 1 – FCT and 1 in Nasarawa State. As at 11.50pm 28th April 1,532 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Discharged: 255. Deaths: 44,” the tweet read.

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