Nigerian scientists announce development of cheaper, faster COVID-19 test kits


The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 59,287 confirmed cases.

On the 3rd of October 2020, 160 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 11,968 samples across the country.

To date, 59,287 cases have been confirmed, 50,718 cases have been discharged and 1,113 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 532,765  tests have been carried out as of October 3rd, 2020 compared to 520,797 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 3rd October 2020,
Total Number of Cases – 59,287
Total Number Discharged – 50,718
Total Deaths – 1,113
Total Tests Carried out – 532,765

According to the NCDC, the 160 new cases are reported from 13 states- Rivers (42), Lagos (32), Plateau (21), FCT (18), Kaduna (14), Ogun (11), Katsina (10), Kwara (3), Ondo (3), Imo (3), Anambra (1), Abia (1), Oyo (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 19,636, followed by Abuja (5,745), Plateau (3,479), Oyo (3,268), Edo (2,628), Rivers (2,517), Kaduna (2,440), Ogun (1,878), Delta (1,802), Kano (1,738), Ondo (1,634), Enugu (1,289),  Kwara (1,044), Ebonyi (1,042), Abia (898), Gombe (883). Katsina (874), Osun (847),  Borno (745), and Bauchi (699).

Imo State has recorded 576 cases, Benue (481), Nasarawa (452), Bayelsa (401),  Jigawa (325), Ekiti (321), Akwa Ibom (293), Niger (259), Adamawa (248), Anambra (238), Sokoto (162), Taraba (105), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Zamfara (79), Yobe (76), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

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Source: Nairametrics

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