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We’ve tested over 49,000 Nigerians – NCDC

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said it had carried out over 49, 000 COVID-19 tests nationwide out which 8,915 returned positive.

  A breakdown of the tests conducted so far per state showed that Lagos State, which is the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria, has the highest figure of 17,907.

  The second on the list is the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with 6,136 while Kano State came third with 3, 965.

Kogi and Cross River states have the least number of tests with one and eight respectively.

  The two states are the only states in the country that have not recorded any confirmed case of the virus.

Other states and the number of tests so far carried out are Oyo (2,420); Ogun (1,958); Edo (1,434); Jigawa (1,295); Kaduna (1,222); Katsina (1,216); Gombe (1,158); Kwara (1,078) and Borno (985).

Others are Bauchi (923); Rivers (750); Sokoto (618); Osun (569); Ondo (510); Delta (502), Plateau (476); Nasarawa (401); Kebbi (368); Ebonyi (330); Imo (317); Zamfara (276) and Ekiti (275).

 The remaining states are Enugu (207); Niger (179); Anambra (172); Benue (156); Akwa Ibom (151); Abia (139); Taraba (139); Adamawa (107); Bayelsa (103); and Yobe (93).

  NCDC currently has 28 laboratories that have the capacity of testing for the virus across the country after the centre activated two laboratories in Ogun and Katsina States. The two new laboratories are Afriglobal Medicare Lab, Ogun and Sahel Centre for Molecular Diagnostics and Research, Katsina.

Also, Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has raised the alarm over growing rapid test kits black market in the country.

  According to him, some organisations are selling what they call antibody tests even when such “antibody tests” could not give valid COVID-19 results.

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