COVID-19: Why we suspended daily testing updates

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the agency stopped providing daily updates on testing for the coronavirus so as to ensure accurate reporting.

For about two weeks now, the agency has been publishing the numbers of samples tested only on weekly basis.
However, in response to PREMIUM TIMES‘s enquiries, the NCDC boss said the test data is now shared weekly to reduce the pressure on the laboratories.

“The daily numbers are still sent to NCDC from the over 80 labs across the country. Our Data Team reviews these numbers to avoid duplicates for accurate reporting,” his response read.

He stated that by changing the frequency of public reporting from daily to weekly, the agency is improving the quality of data while ensuring laboratories can focus primarily on the testing.
As of the time of filing this report, Nigeria has conducted over 1,400,000 tests since it recorded its index case in…

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