Contact tracing fails to account for 1,179 Covid-19 cases in Nigeria

Written by on May 2, 2020

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says no fewer than 2,170 persons have contracted COVID-19 in the country.

This, the NCDC said, was after 238 new cases were recorded in Nigeria yesterday.

This is according to the NCDC in its COVID19Nigeria situation report for May 1st 2020’ published today.

The report showed that 16,588 samples have been tested in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

It said that of the 2,170 that tested positive for the virus, 1, 289 (68 per cent) are males while 643 (33 per cent) are females.

While giving the summary of the cases provenance, the report read, “travel history – 210 (11 per cent); contacts – 593 (27 per cent); no epidemiologic link – 1,179 (54 per cent) and incomplete – 188 (nine per cent).”

According to the Centre for Disease Control, cases with no epidemiologic link have unknown sources as they are not contacts of any previous case.

The data also showed that the NCDC had identified 9305 persons of interest among whom 9,237 (99 per cent) have exceeded follow up.

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