News & Analysis: Testing

‘We’re holding COVID-19 tests for hospital patients’

“It’s not because we don’t have the money or anything. It’s just that the whole world is trying to buy the same test kits we are trying to buy. Suppliers can only supply us a limited number.”

via Sunday Times

COVID-19: Why Rwanda is a model country as Kenya flounders

“Timely interventions, meticulous contact tracing and scaled-up testing has seen Rwanda emerge as a model of COVID-19 handling in the region as it recorded only three deaths, even as it slowly reopens its economy.”

via The East African

In Africa, a lack of data raises fears of ‘silent epidemic’

“Africa could face a ‘silent epidemic’ if its leaders do not prioritize testing for the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Just over 420 tests per 100,000 people have been carried out across the continent of 1.3 billion, a Reuters analysis found.”

via Reuters

COVID-19 Surges In Saclape (Liberia)

“The Statutory Superintendent of the Saclapea Statutory District, Mr. Arthur Gonkartee Sahn, confirmed the surge on the local radio station in Saclapea, adding that the local authority is concerned and they are organizing stakeholder coordination meeting for immediate action to stop the spread.”

via The Daily Observer (Liberia)

Lagos Gov’t says COVID-19 testing remain free

“The Lagos State Government has reiterated that COVID-19 testing for residents of the state was free of charge. Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy said this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos. The state would like to reassure the general public that testing is still free at all the COVID-19 public testing laboratories for all Lagos residents.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, wife test positive for COVID-19

“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his wife, Edith Okowa, have both tested positive to COVID-19. The Governor made the disclosure on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

Nigeria: Jumping on the bandwagon is not a COVID-19 strategy

“Nigeria imposed a lockdown when it had few cases, then eased it as they accelerated. More importantly, it did not use the time it bought wisely.”

via African Arguments

Contact Tracing: Learning Lessons from Sierra Leone

“Working with the community, observing what they do, was no luxury in northern Sierra Leone: it was the key to stemming the outbreak.”

via African Arguments

Senegal’s president self-quarantines as precaution

“Senegalese President Macky Sall has quarantined himself as a precaution after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a presidential statement late Wednesday. Although Sall tested negative for the virus, he will be undergoing a quarantine process of 15 days based on medical recommendations.”

via Anadolu Agency

All African countries now have coronavirus lab testing capacity – WHO chief

“All African countries have now developed laboratory capacity to test for the coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.”

via Reuters