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COVID-19: Prepare for more difficult days, deaths – FG

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THE Federal Government has warned Nigerians to prepare for tough days ahead, stating that number of cases may spike in three weeks’ time.

  Presidential Task Force chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha made this disclosure during  COVID-19 daily briefing in Abuja yesterday, cautioning that 80 percent of people infected in the country are not in isolation centres.

  According to the PTF chairman, cases of coronavirus infections may continue continue to rise, as 80 percent of Nigerians infected with COVID-19 are not in isolation centres due to fear of social stigma.

  He urged Nigerians to prepare for more difficult days ahead, warning that the effect of virus’ transmission would be seen in three weeks as figures begin to rise through an increased number of fatalities.

  The SSG appealed to private hospitals not to reject patients of other diseases, noting that they are taking care of only 20 percent of patients who show up at isolation centres after exhibiting symptoms.

  “You may care to know that almost 80 percent of people that are infected are in no form of isolation centre or hospital. We are just caring for about 20 percent that have decided to show up or provide themselves when they are critically ill for the management and care.

  He emphasised that part of the reasons people avoid the isolation centres until it’s too late is because of being rejected.

  “Most people, one of the reasons they decide to avoid the isolation centres or don’t present themselves until it is late and complications begin to develop is because of this simple reason of being rejected and of being treated differently.” The SGF said.

  He added that the risk of infection is now higher while noting that Nigeria is not out of the woods yet and in order to tackle the challenge, the people must cooperate with the government.

  “We have a record number of over 17, 000 and it is still counting and the truth of this matter is that the adverse effects of these numbers will not be seen now until three weeks ahead. That is when you will begin to see the projections of the mortality.  We have got hard days ahead. We have got tough days ahead. We need everybody to understand that we are not out of the woods yet.”

  The PTF boss made a passionate appeal to Nigerians not to stigmatise anyone infected with the virus, adding that “COVID-19 has no respect for gender, status, creed, or nationality.”

  This development is coming as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the highest single-day COVID-19 cases with 745 infections.

  Report released by NDCD as at 10:00pm yesterday reveals that out of the 745 cases spread across 21 states, Lagos State had the highest number with 280 cases, followed by Oyo with 103 infections.

Other states with infections for the day include: Ebonyi-72, Abuja-60, Imo-46; Edo-34; Delta-33; Rivers-25; Kaduna-23; Ondo-16; Katsina-12; Kano-10; Bauchi-8; Borno-7; Kwara-5; Gombe-4; Sokoto-2; Enugu-2; Yobe-1; Osun-1 and Nasarawa-1.

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