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NCDC DG Lists States Not Conducting Enough COVID-19 Tests

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The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has accused some states of not conducting enough coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

Naija News reports that the NCDC DG made this known during the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19, on Thursday.

He disclosed that Cross River, Jigawa, Kogi, Osun, Ebonyi, Adamawa and Zamfara were not conducting enough tests.

Ihekweazu advised against mass gatherings while appealing to Nigerians to adhere to COVID-19 protocol.

The NCDC DG said: “It is important to test, to manage the outbreak and plan for vaccination.

“The numbers are not looking good and we need to take this very seriously as we plan for the end of the year.”

According to TheCable as of December 6, Kogi still has the lowest number of tests conducted — 366– since the disease broke out in Nigeria.

The data from the NCDC showed that Cross River has conducted 1,905 tests with; Jigawa, 3,056 tests; Adamawa, 3,661 tests; Osun, 6,103; Ebonyi 6,387 and 1,152 tests in Zamfara.

So far, Nigeria has conducted about 829,743 tests since the disease broke out in the country in February.

Also, data from the NCDC revealed that as of December 10, Kogi has so far confirmed five cases and two deaths; Cross River has 90 cases and nine deaths; Jigawa, 340 and 11 deaths; Osun, 962 cases and nine deaths; Ebonyi, 1055 cases and 30 deaths; Adamawa- 287 cases and 19 deaths, and Zamfara: 79 cases and five deaths.

Meanwhile, the NCDC on Thursday evening, 10th December 2020, confirmed 675 new cases of Coronavirus disease infection in Nigeria.

The new cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed via a statement on the official Twitter handle of the health agency.

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 71,344 which includes 65,474 discharged cases and 1,190 deaths.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.

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