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812 health workers infected — NCDC Director-General

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NIGERIA Centre for Disease Control, NCDC said no fewer than 812 health workers, including its 29 staff on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus.

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Iheakwazu, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. “We have had 812 health workers infected. They are not just numbers, 29 of them work with NCDC. They are people I know. Eight of them right now are in Idu Treatment Centre. They are people and they matter”, he said.

In continuation, he stated that the nation crossing that 10,000 mark was quite a significant event.  As every night, the health workers do everything to bring out those numbers. He said, “sometimes numbers begin to feel like what they are; you forget that there are people behind each number. So, it is very important for us to remember that these are people. At NCDC, we engage with these people every day”.

 He also noted that at the moment 75 per cent of people has an unknown source of their illness, which means community transmission is happening, that as normal of a respiratory virus which 80 per cent of people are asymptomatic.

“We now have the third-highest number of confirmed cases on the continent, after South Africa and Egypt. We have increased our testing capacity. We have now tested over 65,000 samples. 60 percent of our cases are in 20 local government areas,” he said.

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