A negative test is no longer required to discharge Covid-19 patients – NCDC


A negative laboratory test will no longer be required for the discharge of a COVID-19 patient in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has said.

In a fresh guideline released on its website, the agency said symptomatic COVID-19 patients can be discharged 10 days after symptoms onset while Asymptomatic patient should be discharged 14 days after the initial positive result.

The agency based its decision on Data obtained from Singapore which states that ”viral RNA detected beyond 10 days is no longer infectious as no viable virus is grown by viral culture.”

Director-General of the Agency, Chikwe Ihekweazu during the briefing of the Presidential task force on Covid-19, Thursday said the NCDC has restricted the use of anti-viral drugs to contexts where clinical trials are going on.

As at Wednesday midnight, Nigeria had 11,166 confirmed COVID-19 cases across 35 states and the federal capital territory, Abuja.

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