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States should ramp up COVID-19 tests, declare results appropriately – PTF

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FEDERAL Government has called on authorities in various states to appropriately declare results of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests conducted as quickly as possible.

  The Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made the call yesterday at the briefing in Abuja.

  Mustapha explained that the call was necessary to ensure early detection which he said would ultimately translate to treatment and levelling of the curve of the virus in the country.

  He acknowledged that the nation’s sample collection was low and advised authorities in the states to ramp up their testing.

  Mustapha noted that Nigeria now has 52,227 confirmed cases, with 1,002 deaths and 38,945 recoveries, adding that the country has remained the fourth nation with highest cumulative cases in Africa, while the global cases have increased from 22.5 million to 23.5 million in about four days.

  Despite crossing the 1,000 mark on Sunday, he insisted that the country has continued to record a steady decline in its Case Fatality Rate (CFR) over the last few months.

  He stated that the death toll was ​3 per cent on April 30, 2.8 per cent on ​May 31, 2.3 per cent ​June 30, 2 per cent on ​July 31, and ​1.92 per cent as of August 22.

  The SGF noted that the Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who he said has been foremost in the fight against COVID-19, had tested positive for the disease.

  According to Mustapha, this is a grim reminder that COVID-19 is no respecter of persons or the positions they hold and everyone is at risk and must take responsibility.

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