NCDC confirms 438 new COVID-19 cases, as total infection nears 40, 000

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday, confirmed an additional 438 new cases of COVID-19,  bring the total number of infections in the country to 39,977.

The NCDC while confirming the development on its official twitter handle stated that 11 deaths were recorded in the country.

According to the health agency, 39,977 cases have been confirmed, 16,948 cases have been discharged and 856 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

NCDC also said that the 438 new cases were reported from 24 states, Lagos (123), Kaduna (50), Rivers (40), Edo (37), Adamawa (25), Oyo State (20), Nasarawa State (16), Osun (15), Enugu State (15), FCT (14), Ekiti (13), Ondo State (13), Ebonyi (11), Katsina State (10), Abia (9), Delta (8), Kwara (4), Ogun (3), Cross River (3), Kano State (3), Bauchi State (3), Yobe (2), Sokoto State (1) and Niger (1).

It noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

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The NCDC, however, called on Nigerians to note that all COVID-19 tests conducted in the public facilities and within its molecular laboratories network were free.

“There are seven fee-paying labs accredited by the Lagos State Government for COVID-19 testing–Total Medical Services, SynLab, 54gene, Medbury Medical Services, Biologix Medical Services, O2 Medical Services, Clina Lancent Lab, Lagos” it stated.

It noted that results from these laboratories were recognised by the agency.

It also announced the inclusion of the Virology Laboratory, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu  State, to its  Molecular Laboratory Network.

The health agency said that this brought to 59, the total number of laboratories in the country.

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