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Day: July 1, 2020

NIMR launches First Indigenous COVID-19 Extraction Test kit

NIMR launches First Indigenous COVID-19 Extraction Test kit

Coronavirus, NEWS
The capacity of Nigeria to attain self-sufficiency in the effective management of disease outbreaks became probable Tuesday in Lagos as the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) launched the country’s first set of Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction kits produced by it to help facilitate unencumbered testing of COVID-19 across the country. Director-General of NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Salako, said in his remarks at the lauch ceremony that the local RNA kits would address the perennial problem of test kits shortage in the country and help ramp up daily testing capacity for COVID-19. “The idea of producing the local Ribonucleic Acid extraction kits was conceived after we noticed how its scarcity was delaying tests and other backlogs of samples,” he said. Prof Salako, however, conc
COVID-19: Fauci Predicts 100,000 Cases a Day in US as Warnings Grow Darker

COVID-19: Fauci Predicts 100,000 Cases a Day in US as Warnings Grow Darker

NEWS
The Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the United States, Dr Anthony Fauci, has warned that the COVID-19 infections spread could reach alarming proportions unless safety is restored. His concerns came on a day the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that 561 new cases had been confirmed in 18 states including the Federal Capital Territory, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 25, 694. The government’s top infectious disease expert according to New York Times said on Tuesday that the rate of new coronavirus infections could more than double to 100,000 a day if current outbreaks were not contained, warning that the virus’s march across the South and the West “puts the entire country at risk.” He offered