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Plateau links COVID-19 spike to testing rate

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THE Plateau Government has attributed the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the State to more testing, among other factors.

  Giving an insight into testing capacity, Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, explained that Plateau is one of the states with the highest testing rates in Nigeria, with over 23, 000 samples so far collected and 21,015 results gotten.

According to him, there is increase in community testing for the disease as Plateau State has 3 testing Centres at NVRI Vom, Plateau State Specialist Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital.

“In fact, Plateau State is one of the few to have tested all its civil servants and continues to test other citizens. Even though the State Government is making efforts to increasing testing capacity the slow pace of sample processing has resulted in backlogs which, whenever they are released, lead to a spike in new cases that might be mistaken for daily figures. As at today (20/8/2020), there are 2,301 results pending at the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom testing centre alone, due to high traffic,” he said.

It will be recalled that since Sunday, August 16, data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that Plateau State has recorded 189 new COVID-19 infections and hasthe highest new cases of the virus on Wednesday, August 19.

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