339 new cases of Coronavirus have just been recorded across several states of Nigeria today.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC made this announcement this evening via Twitter, outlining Lagos with the highest number per state.
The new cases are distributed below:
139 – Lagos
28 – Kano
28 – Oyo
In total, 7016 cases of Coronavirus are now in Nigeria while 1907 have been discharged.
211 deaths have been recorded.
339 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 21, 2020
In recent news, The country has blazed a trail in Africa with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) successfully validating the first phase of the viral Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction which should enable local production of cheap testing kits for coronavirus.
The validation took place on Thursday in the laboratory of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in Abuja.
The Director-General of NABDA, Prof. Alex Akpa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the exercise that the success of the validation was important not only to Nigeria but Africa as a whole.
“The success of this validation shall enable us to massively produce test kits so that more people would be tested for Coronavirus, not only in Nigeria but in Africa.
“The immediate aim is to produce reagents for real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), and remember, recently the lack of reagents stalled work in Kano and molecular diagnosis could no longer take place,’’ Akpa said.
He also recalled that the absence of the same reagent equally stalled Coronavirus diagnosis in Lagos for many days.
“This project is, therefore, designed to enable not only Nigeria but the whole of Africa to put the issue of shortage of reagents behind,’’ the director-general said.
He disclosed that the project was a Pan-African project whose partners include Ethiopia, NCDC and the University of Sheffield, U.K., among others with funding to come from African Development Bank.
“This project is, therefore, Continue reading here