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5 states account for majority of Covid-19 cases in Nigeria — SGF

By Hassan Zaggi

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has disclosed that five States currently account for 60 percent of cumulative cases Covid-19 cases in the country.

He further disclosed that 85 local government areas in 20 States “still remain with no testing done and no case reported.”

Speaking at a media briefing organized by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, in Abuja, Monday, the SGF revealed that 689 out of 774 local government areas have reported a case and that 50% of all cases are in 20% local government areas.

The SGF, however, said that: “Africa’s confirmed cases have surpassed one million mark which is a landmark.

“The challenge however is that the true numbers could be higher because we suspect strongly that for every reported case, up to seven might have been missed.”

While lamenting that Covid-19 cases are on the rise, the SGF said: “Community spread has taken root and expanded beyond the urban areas. The watch word is vigilance and taking extra care.

“Nigeria, with 46,577 confirmed cases and 945 cumulative deaths, remains respectively the third and fourth highest in these parameters.

“As we emphasized at the last briefing, Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of the pandemic. Therefore, the low test/ case confirmation numbers coming out daily should not be misinterpreted to mean that we have overcome.

“We have over time ramped up testing but more needs to be done to raise the quantum of test per million.”

Written by ExpressDay


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