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FEC approves N8.49b to procure COVID-19 testing kits

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N8.49 billion for purchase of 12 assorted items for COVID-19 testing by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The memo for the procurement was presented by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on behalf of the centre at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The FEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

Recall that the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday announced 423 fresh cases of the COVID-19 in the country.

Adding that six deaths were recorded in the country.

The health agency said that the new cases were spread across 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

According to the NCDC, the new cases take the country’s total tally to 47,290.

It, however, added that out of the number, 33,609 patients were discharged while 956 died.

The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Meanwhile, the NCDC advised Nigerians that the ease of the lockdown did not mean that the COVID-19 outbreak was over.

“Please #TakeResponsibility as guidelines are updated to protect yourself and loved ones by: Wearing a mask, Adherence to guidelines in public spaces.

” Avoiding bars/clubs, gyms, cinemas and event centres,” it tweeted.

The health agency also called on Nigerians to engage in the #MaskOnNaija campaign.

According to NCDC, a face mask is a personal item and must not be shared.

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