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COVID-19: Lagos battles shortage of reagents, FCT runs out of test kits

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at  the House of Representatives on Tuesday said Kano State had become the epicentre  of coronavirus in the North.

The  PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; who led other members of the task force, including the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and  the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this while briefing the House on the war against the virus in the country.

He said Kano State lacked adequate manpower for surveillance and contact tracing.

Also on Tuesday, the Lagos State Government said it was battling with a shortage of reagents. The Federal Capital Territory on its part said it was facing a shortage of test kits.

In March, there was no COVID-19 case in Kano State, but since April 11 when it recorded its index case,  there has been a surge in the number of persons infected with the virus.

Currently, the state with 365 cases is second only  to Lagos State with 1,183 cases as of 5pm on Tuesday.

Mustapha expressed concern over the spread of the disease in Kano State. “Kano is fast emerging as the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the North, which necessitated Mr President’s specific directives in his broadcast of Monday, 27th April, 2020,” he said.

The President, Major General  Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in the broadcast,  imposed a total lockdown on the state and also dispatched a team of experts to help curb COVID-19 spread.

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