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Day: 8 January 2021

Increased Testing Will Enable Understanding of COVID-19 Burden –NCDC

Increased Testing Will Enable Understanding of COVID-19 Burden –NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control says increasing national testing capacity for COVID-19 will enable understanding of its burden. The Head of Department, Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, NCDC, Mrs. Elsie Ilori, made this known on Thursday in Abuja at a briefing by the Presidential Tasks Force on COVID-19. Ilori noted that in the last 24 hours, Nigeria recorded 1,664 new confirmed cases. “Last week, over 40,000 tests were done. This is more than 10 per cent increase in the testing done the week before. “Since the start of the outbreak, we have worked tirelessly to achieve this (increased testing) through rapid expansion of laboratories and increased surveillance activities. “This is enabling prompt detection of cases even at o
Availability of Fake COVID-19 Test Results Embarrassing –PTF

Availability of Fake COVID-19 Test Results Embarrassing –PTF

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  The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday expressed concerns that presentation of fake COVID-19 test results by Nigerians traveling abroad is capable of tarnishing the country’s image. The PTF Chairman, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, expressed the worry at a briefing by the task force in Abuja. He said: “It has become embarrassing to note that some Nigerians continue to present fake results when travelling outside the shores of this country. ”This remains a major source of concern to the Federal Government.” According to Mustapha, the PTF has directed private laboratories to put in place measures to validate results and ensure that all passengers are registered on the travel portal before samples are pro
Two more life-saving Covid drugs discovered

Two more life-saving Covid drugs discovered

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Two more life-saving drugs have been found that can cut deaths by a quarter in patients who are sickest with Covid. The anti-inflammatory medications, given via a drip, save an extra life for every 12 treated, say researchers who have carried out a trial in NHS intensive care units. Supplies are already available across the UK so they can be used immediately to save hundreds of lives, say experts. There are over 30,000 Covid patients in UK hospitals - 39% more than in April. The UK government is working closely with the manufacturer, to ensure the drugs - tocilizumab and sarilumab - continue to be available to UK patients. As well as saving more lives, the treatments speed up patients' recovery and reduce the length ...