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Males make up 71% of 6,649 persons tested for COVID-19- NCDC

6,649 people that have so far been tested for the COVID-19 disease nationwide.

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Males make up 71% of 6,649 persons tested for COVID-19- NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday said males form the bulk of the 6,649 people that have so far been tested for the COVID-19 disease nationwide.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the federal agency, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in an interview with journalists on Friday..

Continuing, Ihekweazu explained that 210 of the confirmed cases in the country had travel history, 129 were contacts of confirmed cases, 11 infected by unknown sources, while 92 still had incomplete epidemiological information.

He further disclosed that 35 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number in the country to 442.

“No new case has been reported from any state in the last 24 hours, as the number of states with confirmed cases remains 19, including the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.

According to the NCDC DG, the agency continues to respond to the pandemic across the country and had prioritized the distribution of Viral Transport Medium, to all the states and FCT, for sample collection.

Ihekweazu noted that the distribution of COVID-19 starter packs to all tertiary institutions and the federal medical centres was in progress, adding that the NCDC had fully set up an expanded laboratory network for COVID-19 across the six geopolitical zones, with 13 laboratories activated.

He, however, said that the deployment of Rapid Response Team to support response in all states with confirmed case(s) stood at 22.

Data from the NCDC reveal that the country presently has 277 active cases with majority in stable condition, after increasing number of discharges.

It would be recalled that the agency had on Thursday night announced 35 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with Lagos having the bulk of the cases with 19.

The FCT had nine, Kano five and Oyo State two.

 

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