COVID-19: All suspected cases in Nigeria tested negative – NCDC
By our correspondent
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday confirmed that all the 31 suspected cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria tested were negative.
According to the Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, NCDC, Dr John Oladejo, Nigeria is free of Coronavirus.
The director disclosed this in Sokoto at a symposium on “The emerging and re-emerging Viral Infections: The story of Lassa fever and COVID-19,” organised by the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
Oladejo assured that the NCDC has the all needed devices to detect the disease, adding that screening has been strengthened at points of entry while in-country surveillance has been enhanced through state epidemiologists.
He said “We now have testing capacity in three laboratories: National Reference Laboratory, Abuja; LUTH in Lagos; and Irrua in Edo state.”
According to him, as at 23rd of February, 29 countries were affected including China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, USA, Republic of Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, and Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
Others affected are France, Malaysia, Canada, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Germany, United Arab Emirate, Philippines, India, Finland, Italy, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon and Israel.