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COVID-19: NCDC Performs 1,870,915 Tests, Confirms 70 New Infections



COVID-19: NCDC Performs 1,870,915 Tests, Confirms 70 New Infections

By Abujah Racheal

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has carried out 1,870,915 COVID-19 tests in the country of more than 200 million people since February 27, 2020.

The NCDC revealed this on its official Twitter account on Monday.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the health agency tested some 32,741 samples for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in a week. Lower than 34,997 tests performed the previous week.

The agency said that 1,870,915 tests have been carried out in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory since the start of the pandemic in the country.

The NCDC revealed that 70 more people across the country were affected, bringing the number of infections nationwide to 164,303 in April. 19, 2021.

He said the 70 more infections were recorded in five states – Lagos with 27 infections, Kaduna and Ondo, 16 cases each, Yobe, six and Bauchi, five cases.

The public health agency said an additional 52 people had been discharged after testing negative for 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, however, said the country’s active workload increased by 18 on Monday, in addition to the 7,840 previously reported on Sunday.

He noted that a multisectoral National Emergency Operations Center (COU), activated at level 3, had continued to coordinate national response activities in the country.

He said that since the start of the epidemic, the agency has worked tirelessly to test for the virus thanks to the rapid expansion of laboratories across the country and increased surveillance activities.

“This allowed for the rapid detection of reported cases, even at our points of entry,” he explained.

The agency said the reality of the declining transmission, test positivity rate and confirmed cases in the country does not mean Nigerians should let their guard down.

He said there was a need to more strictly adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as; proper use of face masks, frequent hand washing, and maintaining a physical distance of at least two meters.

Meanwhile, the agency said that getting the COVID-19 vaccine “is a step towards protecting yourself, your loved ones and your fellow Nigerians. It’s a step forward in helping us finally get back to the things we love.

“Starting today, everyone aged 18 and over is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. We have real data on how COVID-19 vaccines work. One of the most important things we can all do to protect our loved ones and get back to what we love is get vaccinated, ”he advised.


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