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60 per cent of Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases clusters in 5 States

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday said that five States account for 60 per cent of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

Mr Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said in Abuja during briefing on the pandemic that “689 out of 774 local government areas reported a case. Eighty-five local government areas in 20 states remain with no testing done and no case reported. And 50 per cent of all cases are in 20 per cent of local government areas.”

The SGF added that “Nigeria, with 46,577 confirmed cases and 945 cumulative deaths, remains respectively the third and fourth highest in these parameters. As we emphasised at the last briefing, Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of the pandemic, therefore, the low test/case confirmation numbers coming out daily should not be misinterpreted to mean that we have overcome. We have over time ramped up testing but more needs to be done to raise the quantum of test per million.”

Mustapha again reiterated the warning that Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of the pandemic.

“Therefore, the low test/case confirmation numbers coming out daily should not be misinterpreted to mean that we have overcome. We have over time ramped up testing but more needs to be done to raise the quantum of test per million”, he said.

The SGF said the key sectors that the PTF will be watching in addition to general level of compliance are the education and transportation sectors. 

Mustapha said: “Schools are gradually reopening with the commencement of preparations for critical examinations. Guidelines have already been issued by the Federal Ministry of Education to all stakeholders. For the transportation sector, the PTF continues to follow the developments in railway and air transportation respectively. Nigerians and sector stakeholders are admonished to ensure compliance with the various non-pharmaceutical measures already in place.  The PTF and the Federal Ministry of Aviation are working rapidly towards reopening of the international flights.

“The PTF will also be looking closely at the issue of Risk Communication and Community Engagement. Messaging and consultations shall be intensified to drive the level of awareness and compliance to the wider population using mediums and platforms that are most effective generally and specifically.”

The PTF chair commended some survivors of COVID-19 for telling their stories and sharing them in the social media. 

“The stories of those who doubted the existence of the virus and became unfortunately infected and are now expressing appreciation for timely intervention of the case management team provide compelling proof that the virus is real,” he said.

Mustapha stressed that Nigeria continues to play its role in supporting the fight against COVID-19 on the West Africa Sub-Region. 

Adding that the Nigerian Air Force distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and medical supplies donated by the West African Health Organisation and other partners to member states in the region, Mustapha said: “However, to show true leadership against the pandemic, we, as a people and country need to contain the virus by doing all we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the country at large.”

Dr Sani Aliyu, the Coordinator, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 noted that positive cases of the virus is gradually coming down as the daily results now revolves around 400.

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