571 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Nigeria (July 12, 2020)

571 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Nigeria by the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday 12th, July, 2020.

The new cases were announced by the agency on Twitter late last night.

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The Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) gave a breakdown of the new cases recorded across the country as follows; Lagos-152, Ebonyi-108, Edo-53, Ondo-46, FCT-38, Oyo-20, Kwara-19, Plateau-17, Osun-14, Bayelsa-14, Ekiti-14, Katsina-14, Akwa Ibom-11, Kaduna-11, Rivers-11, Niger-10, Ogun-7, Kano-6, Cross River-4, Bauchi-2.

There are now 32,558 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country. 13,447 patients who recovered from the disease have been discharged and 740 deaths have been recorded.

Few days back the Federal Government announced the indigenous development and validation of RNA-Swift, a test kit for the identification of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent for COVID-19.

According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, the development of the test kit was aimed at speeding up effective testing of Nigerians during the pandemic.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, talking to reporters in Abuja said;

“The RNA-Swift has amazing precision for the detection of SARS-COV-2 and will be commercially available at a price that places it ahead of competitors in terms of sensitivity and affordability.”

“I want to confirm to you that the RNA-Swift product team is in consultation with the African Development Bank for the funding of an African-wide testing programme for COVID-19 and the establishment for RNA-Swift production in Nigeria,” he stated.

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