NCDC begins use of Cobas system in Nigeria

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NCDC begins use of Cobas system in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that it has commenced the use of the Cobas system at the National Reference Laboratory for COVID-19 testing.

Cobas is a system used for a real-time test aimed at the qualitative detection of nucleic acids from swab samples taken from individuals who display symptoms related to COVID-19.

NCDC, in a tweet on its official Twitter page on Tuesday, noted that the deployment would enable it to conduct 960 Coronavirus tests within 8 hours.

“Today, we began the use of the COBAS system at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory for COVID-19 testing,” it said.

“Using this, approximately 960 samples can be tested in 8 hours.

“This begins the 2nd prong of our national strategy to integrate lab systems & increase testing capacity.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced that another 195 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing to 1,532, the number of confirmed cases in the country as of Tuesday night.

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