COVID-19: OVER 6000 PEOPLE MAY HAVE THE VIRUS!! -ELIAS AYOBAMI.
Nigeria has currently tested over 2,000 people for COVID-19, with less than 10% testing positive. The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, also said that the agency was working on tracing about 6000 people who may have come in contact with person who have tested positive for the virus.
Mr Ihekweazu spoke on Monday morning on Channels TV, hours after President Buhari had addressed the nation on the administration’s efforts to properly combat the virus. In line with the spread of the virus in major states in Nigeria, President Buhari said:
“Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March, 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos state and the high traffic between the two states.
All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.”
The Health Minister, said the Lockdown will allow the government to trace those who have been in contact with those who have tested positive to COVID-19. He also added that the confirmed COVID-19 cases are expected to witness an increase in the short term.
Mr. Ihekweazu said;
“in the short-term, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are expected to keep rising, but NCDC also expect to be able to get on top of this.
We expect cases of COVID-19 to rise as we improve capacity to detect and test. Our laboratories are activated to function 24/7.
We appeal to Nigerians to work with us in compliance with the measures instituted by the president.”
The Health Minister also added that the NCDC are working hard to increase the number of laboratories in its network so as to ensure a stop to the spread of the virus. He also acknowledged not knowing if people who recovered from the symptoms of the virus could test positive again as there is a lot that the NCDC and the world does not know yet.
He reiterated the importance of all Nigerians in checking the spread of the virus.
“our goal is to mobilise all available resources to tackle COVID-19. We remain grateful for the support we have received so far from stakeholders and partners.” He noted.
With the rapid increase in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is our hope that the efforts of the Buhari-led administration would prove effective in putting a stop to the spread of this virus.
Stay home and stay safe!!