Nigeria’s COVID-19 testing up 32 percent after Jack Ma’s donations


Nigeria reports that receipt of donation of medical supplies from a Chinese businessman and CEO of Ali Baba, Jack Ma, had shot its testing capacity up by 32 per cent.

Africa’s most populous nation had carried out a paltry 262 tests for the virus as at 25 March local media portal The Cable reported citing available data they had seen.

The sum is insignificant compared to South Africa which had carried out over 20,000 tests with a tally of over 1000 cases.

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As of 26 March Nigeria had 65 confirmed cases with the majority in the commercial capital, Lagos. The portal today reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a spike in testing after the donation which arrived in the country on 24 March.

The donation included 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields for each African country.

Out of Nigeria’s total tally of 262 tests, 84 tests were carried out on Wednesday alone, indicating a daily increase of 32 per cent done by the end of 25 March. Tests are now run in 23 states out of the initial 16.


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