FG Traces 71% of 6, 000 COVID-19 Contacts

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The federal government on Thursday claimed it has traced up to 71 per cent of the estimated 6, 000 contacts of Coronavirus cases in the country.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who disclosed this at a briefing by the presidential taskforce on COVID-19, added that the shutdown in areas with more cases of the virus gives government the opportunity of meeting more people at home during contact tracing.

He said, “As contact tracing and testing capacity are being ramped up, more and more cases will be found and the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases is expected to rise initially.

“With the expanded national case definition and the addition of two laboratories to the NCDC network of COVID-19 molecular laboratories, the national testing capacity has increased.

“Moreover, the lockdown in high burden states presents the advantage of reduced population mobility and leaves more people at home to be found during contact tracing.

This implies that “more people and samples can be collected and tested more quickly, giving a shorter turnaround time, but it also means that more cases will be discovered initially than before.”

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