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We have 3,000 samples waiting to be tested for COVID-19 in Lagos ―Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Monday that the health workers in the state had collected at least 3,000 samples for COVID-19 testing.

The governor, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Marina, Lagos, said the state government would embark on aggressive testing in the communities in the ongoing efforts to effectively tackle the virus at the state level.

He, however, added that the samples had not been tested due to a shortage of reagents used for molecular testing.

Sanwo-Olu said: “We have 3,000 samples collected but we have not been able to carry out the test because of the global shortage of reagents for molecular testing.

“We are hoping that some of the reagents will be supplied on Tuesday.

“We made an order for more reagents because of the cases we have seen and it would not be out of place to see positive cases in the range of 20 percent out of the 3,000 samples collected.

“We are improving the capacity of our isolation facilities in preparation to take care of more patients. We are hoping that some of the reagents will be supplied by Tuesday. Once these 3,000 cases are taken care of, you might see up to 600 positive cases.

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“ But we are planning and preparing to take care of it. We are improving the capacity of our isolation facilities in preparation to take care of more patients.”

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