15 states conducting contact tracing, 1,986 travelers test positive – NCDC

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control said on Monday that contact tracing of those exposed to COVID-19 infections was underway in 15 states.

The NCDC, which disclosed it in its latest report, also said 1,986 travelers have tested positive for the virus in the past week.

He said he sent response teams to the annual Living Faith Church, known as Shiloh, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God Convention of the Holy Spirit, both in the State of ‘Ogun.

NCDC Director General Dr Ifedayo Adetifa announced a few days ago that the country had entered a fourth wave following a 500% increase in the number of cases.

The federal government, through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, announced restrictions and also promised to introduce new restrictions following an increase in the number of cases.

The federal capital territory administration also announced certain restrictions on Saturday following a more than 1,000 percent increase in cases.

The NCDC in its latest report said case discoveries and contact tracing was underway in 15 states. Although the center did not disclose the states involved, it noted that 1,986 travelers tested positive in a week. The figure is higher than the 845 positive cases reported last week according to the NCDC.

He added, “We deployed a national rapid response team to support the Shiloh and Holy Ghost congress events held in Ogun State, supported monitoring of protocol adherence and non-pharmaceutical interventions during the events of the Shiloh and Holy Ghost Congress in Ogun State.

“Ongoing case screening and contact tracing in 15 states, ongoing supportive supervision for trained contact tracers in Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Kano and Oyo states, Continue to follow up with University College Hospital, Ibadan and CTF on increasing infections in respective health facilities, Ongoing distribution of RDT kits at Lagos State Biobank Laboratory, Central Public Health Laboratory, Yaba and Center for Disease Control .

Further, the NCDC said: “In week 50, the number of inbound international travelers tested was 8,306, of which 522 (were positive versus 285 (of 8,597 tested) in week 49.

“In week 50, the number of international travelers abroad tested was 8,421, of whom 1,464 were positive, compared to 560 of 7,520 tested in week 49.

Regarding testing, the center noted a slight increase in the number of samples tested. He said: “In week 50 the number of samples tested increased to 73,919 from the 62,537 reported in week 49.”

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