- 386 cases recorded on Saturday with FCT leading with 130 new infections
Nigeria has accelerated the pace of tests of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it recorded the highest monthly sample tests with 145,454. The record monthly tests also came with its own highest monthly positive cases of 17,457 cases.
Compared to June, the figures represented 95 per cent increase in testing numbers and 12 per cent increase in positive cases.
Altogether, Nigeria has recorded total sample tests of 283,916 recorded since the Index Case was recorded on February 27 this year. It has 43,537 confirmed cases as of Saturday.
The figures shows that 22,567 are active cases on admission while 20,087 patients have been treated and discharged.
The nation has also recorded 883 deaths have been recorded across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said that “it is good news that Nigeria significantly stepped up testing in July. The 95 per cent increase in testing in July compared to June only resulted in 12 per cent increase in positive cases. In June, we had 74,580 tests, 15,532 positive cases. In July, we had 145,454 tests, 17,457 positive cases. July also recorded one of the lowest monthly test positivity to date.
”July test positivity is 12 per cent. June test positivity is 21 per cent. May test positivity is 17 per cent. July also records 51 per cent of cumulative test in the country.”
The Agency said that States that had made this possible by their daily increase in testing were Kano, Plateau, Oyo, Lagos, FCT and Rivers States.
Out of the 386 new infections across 18 States and the FCT, the nation’s capital had the highest COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day with 130 cases while the epicentre of the virus, Lagos State reported 65.
Other States with new cases were Ondo -,37, Osun – 29, Plateau – 23, Rivers -15, Enugu – 14, Nasarawa – 12, Bayelsa – 11, Ebonyi – 11, Ekiti -9, Oyo – 8, Edo – 8, Abia – 6, Ogun – 3, Katsina – 3, Imo – 1 and Adamawa, 1.