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COVID-19 infections going down, says PTF



THE Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Control said on Thursday that there was a noticeable decline in the spread of Coronavirus infections.

  The Task Force, however, told Nigerians to continue to be vigilant to prevent a reversal of the gains and trigger a second wave of the pandemic.

  PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha affirmed during his committee’s briefing in Abuja that the country had begun flattening the curve of the spread of the virus.

  But he warned that the observed success should be taken with vigilance, reminding all that the resumption of international flights and other economic activities could endanger the success so far recorded.

  Mustapha said: “Looking back at our national response, using science, data and experience from other countries, we cannot but say that tremendous progress has been made and that we are beginning to notice that the curve is flattening.

  “However, as we have always stated, this positive development shall be taken with vigilance and cautious optimism. This is based on the fact that we are convinced that we have not tested enough, we have only recently reopened our international flights and that nations that had opened up their economies have done a re-think following the resurgence of the cases in their countries.”

  Noting that the PTF, inaugurated on March 17, turned six months yesterday, Mustapha urged Nigerians to be reminded the world has hit 30,026,460 cases, Africa cumulatively reached 1,380,223 cases and Nigeria has also reached 56,604 cases.

  He said: “Of particular note is the fact that India has crossed the five million cases mark and continues to report the highest daily case load over the past six weeks. These numbers are reminders that point to the need to gird our loins tightly in our national response and build stronger and more unified global collaborative efforts to overcome the virus.

  “Again, we reiterate the underlying objectives of the UN General Assembly resolution calling for global collaboration as the most veritable vehicle to fight the virus.”

The SGF also said that the PTF is closely watching the developments at the airports and taking comments and observations sent by Nigerians and passengers.

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