The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) has expressed concern that the Delta variant is causing increase in cases of COVID-19 in the six States of Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Rivers, Plateau as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Chairman of the PSC, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja, Monday.
According to him: “It is no more news that the Delta variant has made its way into Nigeria.
“The PSC is particularly concerned about the situation in Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Rivers, FCT and Plateau States as this variant has made way into these states and accounts for the rising cases in these states and across the nation.
“Lagos alone accounts for over 50% of the number of cases.”
This development, according to him, calls for great caution because the virus is very virulent and raging in so many other countries.
“We must therefore keep observing the NPIs and also ensure that we get vaccinated.
“Vaccination prevents severe cases and reduces hospitalization and deaths but does not eliminate contacting it, hence the need to religiously observe the NPIs.
“We need to test more and detect early enough so that people who have contacted this virus can be treated early.”
The PSC Chairman further disclosed that Nigeria now has 143 molecular laboratories, explaining that 54 are private while 89 are publicly owned.
He said that the PSC has concluded plans to publish over 500 travelers who violated the travel protocol and those who evaded quarantine this week and that those who had their passports barred for 6 months will be lifted in the coming days.
He, however, revealed that every state of in the country now has at least one U701 Ultra Cold Chain equipment to store ultra-cold vaccines.