COVID-19: FG Worried Over Low Testing


News Investigators/ The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, has expressed worries over low testing for the virus, across states of the federation.
Speaking at the PTF daily briefing on Monday in Abuja, the chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha expressed fears that the low testing for the virus could be dangerous and may spread the infection.

“The last three weeks have shown a slowdown in the number of confirmed cases.

“Indeed, in the last four months of testing, the lowest daily figure of confirmed cases (138) was reported on Aug. 30.

Mr. Mustapha urged caution and vigilance on the declining number, saying the virus was still potent and dangerous.

He noted that despite efforts being made for enhanced testing, the number of samples collected for testing have not been encouraging.

He urged more states to expand the scope of their sample collection, noting that “while we intensify our targeted testing strategy, we still urge states to expand the scope of their sample collection.”

On continued drop in number of positive cases, Mr. Mustapha said “the last seven days has shown a consistently greater number of discharges than confirmed cases.

“Particularly, we note with delight, the report that Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, like many other Nigerians, has recovered from the infection.

The PTF congratulates all those that have recovered and urge them to tell their stories.

He, however urged people to make the best choice by observing the non-pharmaceutical measures and all other guidelines issued on COVID-19


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