COVID-19: Nigeria Targets 2 Million Test Kits as Confirmed Cases Near 4,000

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 09 – Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has announced that the government plans to bring in two million test kits over the next few months, indicating that the procurement process has already started.

This was revealed during the briefing of the PTF to journalists on Friday, hours before the National Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) announced a record 386 cases, increasing the total number to 3,912.

Lagos remains the epicentre of the pandemic with 176 fresh cases while Kano follows with 65. Also, 679 patients have been discharged while 117 have been confirmed dead from COVID-19 related issues.

During the PTF briefing on Friday, the Chairman of the Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha appealed to Nigerians to comply with the guidelines on the reopening of the economy after the five-week lockdown.

“There is no way we will achieve the intended gains of the guidelines and directives we have issued if people fail to comply with them. The guidelines do not have the force of automatic operation; they have to be obeyed.”

He also addressed the shortage of bed spaces as confirmed cases escalate across the country.

“We’ve received Reports from States, which suggests that treatment centres are running out of bedspaces… PTF shall begin to examine our peculiar circumstances, modify strategies for care management, & consider viable alternatives, where necessary.”

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