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PATIENTS TO BE DISCHARGED WITHOUT TESTING NEGATIVE

PATIENTS TO BE DISCHARGED WITHOUT TESTING NEGATIVE

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC says that a negative laboratory test is no longer necessary to discharge a COVID-19 patient, based on a new science emerging about the duration of infectivity of individual patients.

The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, in Abuja.

According to Dr Ihekweazu, asymptomatic patients will now be discharged earlier than usual, 14 days after their first positive test to the virus.  

The NCDC Director-General, however, advises that such people continue self-isolating at home one week after discharge.