Nigeria Records 1273 COVID-19 Cases, 40 Deaths As NCDC Runs Out Of Test Kits
Nigeria has recorded 91 new cases of COVID-19, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced.
NCDC, on its verified twitter handle on Sunday night, said 43 of the new cases are in Lagos, eight in Sokoto, six in Taraba, five in Kaduna, five in Gombe, three in Ondo, three in FCT, three in Edo, three in Oyo, three in Rivers, three in Bauchi, two in Osun, one in Akwa Ibom, one in Bayelsa, one in Ebonyi, one in Kebbi
With them, Nigeria has 1273 cases of COVID-19 with 40 deaths and 239 discharged.
One case previously reported in Lagos, is now an Ondo State case
According to NCDC, “The total number of confirmed cases in Lagos is 731, and eight in Ondo”.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday said it was “desperately” looking for more Ribonucleic acid (RNA) extraction kits to expand testing.
Its Director-General Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu tweeted:
“We’re desperately looking for more RNA extraction kits as we expand our COVID-19 testing.
“Product: Total viral RNA extraction kits (preferably spin column and with a lysis buffer). Manufacturers: Qiagen, Thermo Fischer, SeeGene, Inqaba, LifeRiver etc.”
The NCDC has done 10,413 tests as of April 24, with about 600 tested daily.