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COVID-19: Test capacity to increase to 1500 per day as NCDC confirms 4 new cases

by Winifred Okafor

Following the spike in the number of cases recorded in the battle to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has agreed to increase its capacity to test for Coronavirus to 1500 per day in the country.

This is just as the Agency confirms additional four new positive cases putting the total cases of infection in the country to 139.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, gave the reassurance at the Presidential Taskforce Briefing in Abuja where he said that the focus of NCDC efforts was to improve the number of people that could be tested.

“Last week, we had the capacity to test 500 per day, by the end of this week we will be at 1000 a day. “By next week we are hoping to get to 1500 a day, “he said.

He added that Nigerians need to reduce demand side of the testing to those who really needed it.

Ihekweazu said that these people that really need the testing would be transmitting it into the community and more people would get infected. According to him, by testing those that do not need it, people are blocking the system and there’s a price to pay.

In a related development, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq said that the Ministry is unrelenting in its school children feeding.

According to her, the Ministry would liaise with the state governments to work out the modalities to know how to go about the programme, despite the stay-at-home directive.

Farouq also disclosed that the ministry has about 2.6 million poor and vulnerable households on its social register. She said that, so far, the ministry had reached out to about 1 million indigent people.

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