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Plateau now epicentre of COVID-19 – PTF



THE Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said the epicentre of the dreaded virus has shifted from states such as Lagos, Kano, Ogun and Oyo to Plateau State.

  The Chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

  According to Mustapha, since six months ago that the country recorded its index case of coronavirus from Lagos State, Nigeria has done remarkably well but could do exceedingly better.

  “The PTF would also like to draw our attention to a subtle change in the epicentre of the virus. We all recall that Lagos, Kano and Ogun states were the initial epicentres and then to Oyo at a time, it is now Plateau State. As mentioned by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health and a notable COVID-19 warrior, Prof. Akin Abayomi,   Lagos has passed its peak, but we call for vigilance and cautious optimism because the scourge is not over yet,” he said.

  Mustapha further explained that COVID-19 primarily affected the elderly people above the age of 65, which constituted only about three per cent of the Nigerian population, compared to Italy with 21 per cent and the United Kingdom with 18 per cent.

  Also speaking, National Coordinator of PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, said there were not many coronavirus-related deaths in Nigeria compared to some other parts of the world because of its youthful population.

  “The main reason we are not seeing the number of deaths that we are seeing outside the country is really because of the demographic nature of Nigeria. As I have said in the past, we have a youth surge; only three per cent of the populations are above the age of 65, compared to 21 per cent of the Italian population and 18 per cent of the UK population,” he said.

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