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NCDC Announces 126 New Coronavirus Cases, 3,442 Recoveries, 3 Deaths

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced 126 new coronavirus cases, 3,442 recoveries and 3 deaths on Wednesday, September 16.

The centre gave a breakdown of where the new cases were reported via its official Twitter handle, stating;

It would be recalled that on Tuesday, Nigeria recorded 56,478 total cases, 44,430 recoveries and 1,088 fatalities nationwide.

With the newly recorded infections, there are now 56,604 total cases, 47,872 discharged and 1,091 fatalities across the country.

Also, NCDC in its latest situation report has revealed that overall samples tested nationwide have increased from 443,987 to 479,712 as at September 15.

Meanwhile, the Senate has on Tuesday called on the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to ensure a drastic reduction in the cost of testing for the virus by private-owned laboratories.

Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee on Health and Aviation, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Kwara Central) made the appeal during an interview session with members of PTF on COVID-19, comprising the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the National Coordinator on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, among others.

Members of the committee lamented the high cost of testing for the virus by private laboratories put at N75,000.

Oloriegbe urged Ehanire and Aliyu to enlarge the scope of testing for the virus by including public laboratories to bring down the cost.

He said panel expects response action plans from the minister and the PTF within the next two weeks.

The committee members admonished relevant stakeholders in the country not to adopt measures that might be disastrous to the nation’s economy by replicating a western-style of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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