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WHO predicts spike in COVID-19 cases during Yuletide



… It’s not true – Ihekweazu

AHEAD of the Christmas and New Year festivities, the World Health Organisation (WHO), yesterday, predicted a spike in COVID-19 cases.

  The WHO Regional Director for Africa,  Matshidiso Moeti, said this during a webinar attended by select African journalists.

Dr. Moeti urged countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, even as nearly 20 countries in the region experienced an uptick in cases.

According to her, as Christmas gets near and people get on the move to spend their holidays together, there is a bigger risk of COVID-19 transmission.

“New clusters of cases can emerge in places that have so far been unaffected as people travel or gather for festivities. But we can lower the risks by wearing masks, limiting the numbers of people who come together, observing physical distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. We can celebrate, yet do so safely,” Moeti said.

But Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that Nigeria was not expecting an increase in COVID-19 infections.

Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu made this known yesterday, in Abuja, while giving an update on the disease in the country.

“For over two months, we fought between a hundred to two hundred cases a day, but we really haven’t seen a spike in our national data.

There has been a recent increase in a few cases in Lagos, mostly among the younger people, younger populations, and we are monitoring that very closely,”  Ihekweazu explained.

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