NIGERIA Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that it had conducted 1,870,915 COVID-19 tests in the country of over 200 million people since February 27, 2020.
A post on NCDC’s official Twitter handle last night said that the agency tested some 32,741 samples for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in one week which was lower than the 34,997 tests conducted the previous week. While 1,870,915 tests were carried out in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, since the beginning of the pandemic, 70 people were affected across the country, bringing the number of nationwide infections to 164,303 as of yesterday.
It stated that the additional 70 infections were registered from five states – Lagos with 27 infections, Kaduna and Ondo, 16 cases each, Yobe, six, and Bauchi, five cases.
The public health agency said that additional 52 people had been discharged after testing negative to the disease, with no coronavirus related deaths reported as of April, 19, 2021.
According to the data, the cumulative number of recoveries in the country is now 154,384, while the death toll stands at 2,061.
The NCDC said, however, that the country’s active caseload increased by 18 yesterday, in addition to the 7,840 previously reported on Sunday.
It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operation centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities in the country.
It stated that since the start of the outbreak, the agency has worked tirelessly to achieve testing for the virus through the rapid expansion of laboratories across the country and increased surveillance activities.
Meanwhile, the agency said that getting the COVID-19 vaccine was a step towards protecting people by themselves.