The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, says Nigeria now has the capacity to test 1,500 people a day for coronavirus.

The Minister who made the comment yesterday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja said the addition of two new laboratories to test for COVID-19 in Ibadan and Ebonyi States has helped to achieve it.

He, therefore, applauded all health workers and emergency responders at this critical time

The Minister had said yesterday that the number of contacts being traced for COVID-19 has risen above 6,000.

Ehanire said this during the daily Presidential Taskforce briefing in Abuja.

The minister further said the number of persons being infected with the virus is expected to increase this week.

He added that the ministry had met with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association with a view to bringing back some retired doctors to assist with emergency efforts.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed said that the spoke in fake news is distracting the fight against COVID19
The Minister while briefing the press today described as untrue the news trending on social media that the equipment and aid received from Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma have all been infected with the virus.