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Nigeria records 438 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 438 new COVID-19 cases in the country as total infections from the virus rise to 39,977.

The NCDC made this revelation on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

The Statement also disclosed that 11 deaths were recorded in the country.

According to it, 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.

The NCDC further revealed 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).

The National Health Agency added that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

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

The Statement reads “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”.

The NCDC said that results from these laboratories were recognised it and announced the inclusion of the Virology Laboratory, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu  State, to its  Molecular Laboratory Network.

Thus, bringing the total number of Laboratories in Nigeria to 59.

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Joseph Chukwuma Oputa

Joseph Chukwuma Oputa is the Managing Editor of Maslow Businessnews and Physicians News publications published by Maslow Business News Publications, Lagos, Nigeria.

Joseph Oputa is a proud Alumnus of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

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