By Abujah Racheal
The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 35 new recoveries from COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 154,441.
The NCDC revealed it on Wednesday on its official Twitter account.
The agency said recoveries had been recorded in isolation centers across the country in the past 24 hours.
He said that since the start of the pandemic, he has continued to support testing as an effective public health response to detect, isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.
The public health agency said that in an effort to slow the infection in the country and for it to be effective, Nigerians must play their role as citizens to support the efforts of the federal and state government.
“If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. If it’s a loved one, encourage them to get tested.
“There is no shame in getting tested and treated
“We must continue to live up to our responsibilities by wearing a mask in public, maintaining a physical distance from others, washing our hands frequently and taking other measures that have been,” he advised. .
The NCDC also recorded an additional 65 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths in the past 24 hours.
He said it was the ninth day in a row that the country had recorded no deaths from the virus which had infected more than 144 million people worldwide and resulted in more than three million deaths.
NCDC said that since the start of the pandemic, the country has recorded 164,488 cases of COVID-19, while 2,061 people have died from it.
He said the country had also tested 1,870,915 people since the first cases of COVID-19 were announced on February 27, 2020.
He added that a multisectoral National Emergency Operations Center (COU), activated at level 3, continued to coordinate national response activities in the country.
The NCDC noted that as of April 21, the country’s number of active cases stood at 7,956 people.
Meanwhile, the NCDC has said the federal government cannot regulate the cost of COVID-19 testing in private labs.
“As the country’s response to COVID-19, public health laboratories will continue to provide free testing for public health needs,” he said.
The agency said the federal government has also insisted on a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for international passengers to avoid overwhelming the country’s health infrastructure.
“So please be patient, this is a small price to pay for the future and the health of the country and its people and we encourage you to continue with the exit test.
“All travelers arriving in Nigeria must have tested negative for COVID-19 by PCR in the country of departure before boarding.
“The PCR test should be done within 96 hours of departure and preferably within 72 hours,” he said.
NCDC noted that passengers were to remain isolated on arrival and take a COVID-19 test at a designated private laboratory seven days after arrival.
“This entire process should be recorded on Nigeria’s international travel portal – www.nitp.ncdc.gov.ng,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that passengers have expressed frustration over accessing the portal, costs of the test on arrival and other challenges.
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