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Zamfara, Kogi, Yobe… states with less than 10,000 COVID-19 tests after one year

Zamfara, Kogi, Yobe… states with less than 10,000 COVID-19 tests after one year
March 06
16:40 2021

At least six states have not carried out up to 10,000 tests for COVID-19 one year after the pandemic started.

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According to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria tested 1.58 million samples for coronavirus as of February 28, 2021.

This means a daily average of 4,300 tests since February 27, 2020, when the country confirmed its index case.

Testing has been grossly inadequate in many states, according to the NCDC latest COVID-19 situation report released on Friday.

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The least number of tests came from Kogi which is known to deny residents testing for the virus; the state has only carried out 3,379 COVID-19 tests.

Other worst performing states include Kebbi with 9,095 tests; Yobe, 8,203; Jigawa, 7,150; Zamfara, 6,107 and Cross River with 5,633 tests;

Of all the 36 states and federal capital territory (FCT), only eight have tested more than 50,000 samples for the virus.

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They include Lagos with 388,474 tests; FCT,  217,531; Rivers, 140,565; Kano, 83,161; Kaduna, 66,547; Ogun, 62,657; Plateau, 62,317; Oyo, 51,754.

So far, at least 158,000 have been diagnosed of COVID-19 in Nigeria, with only 19,000 still active while 1,954 have died.

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