Saturday, 25 April 2020

Nigeria reveals age group most affected by coronavirus

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, says Nigeria’s high number of new coronavirus cases was a result of community transmission.

He spoke at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press briefing on Friday.

The minister also revealed the ages that are mostly affected by the disease.

He said: “From our test statistics, the most affected age group among the positives is 31-40 years, while the highest COVID-19 fatality rate is among the older generation above 50 years of age.”

Ehanire disclose that COVID-19 starter packs have been dispatched to o all tertiary institutions and Federal Medical Centres, to complement what was earlier sent to each State.

The starter packs consist of medical consumables and disposables, to ensure that our frontline healthcare workers are protected.

He added that the COVID-19 capable national laboratory network led by NCDC has the capacity to test over 1,500 samples per day in 13 laboratories, but that the present utilization is barely 50%, since Nigeria tests 600 samples daily.

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