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COVID-19: NCDC locates 3,550 people who had first hand contact with patients

COVID-19: NCDC locates 3,550 people who had first hand contact with patients

Doris Ukaonu
COVID-19: NCDC locates 3,550 people who had first hand contact with patients

A total of  3,550 people who came in contact with patients tested positive for Coronavirus have been traced by the Federal Government.

This was disclosed during a press conference in Abuja yesterday, April 2nd by Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Although not showing any signs,  the individuals are being monitored. Currently, the number of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria is 190.

It should be recalled that Ihekweazu announced the NCDC’s search for 5,000 people who came in contact with COVID-19 positive patients.

“We have traced and are monitoring 71 per cent of all of them. By the end of today, that figure will increase. This is what this period of two weeks is for. Lagos has been transformational in the last few days. The teams have been able to move incredibly across the state to monitor all these contacts”.

“The early cases had large number of contacts.  Many of them were on planes and we have to basically contact everyone. But everyone we identify now has a maximum of 30 or 40 contacts. So the number of contacts in confirmed cases is reducing because we no longer have people that were exposed to a plane.” Ihekweazu continued.

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COVID-19: NCDC locates 3,550 people who had first hand contact with patients

“There is no preferential care at treatment centres. Everybody is getting the same level of care in Abuja and Lagos and health care workers are really working hard to make sure everybody is supported through the period of care.” He said.

 

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