The Federal Government has directed that all isolation and treatment centres that were hitherto closed due to decline in coronavirus cases in the country should be prepared for reopening, with staff compliment put on standby.
This follows a recent increase in the number of daily Covid-19 cases and the possibility of a second wave of the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.
According to a report from News Agency of Nigeria, this disclosure was made by the Minister for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, while speaking during the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covif-19, on Thursday, December 10, 2020, in Abuja.
We must all #TakeResponsibility to limit the spread of #COVID19 during the Christmas & New Year festivities.
✅Limit all non-essential travel especially from high-risk countries
✅Limit person-to-person contact
✅Always wear a face mask
📜Read: https://t.co/un4QSgHxSN pic.twitter.com/D3MfBpC1O7
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) December 8, 2020
What the Minister is saying
Ehanire said that Nigeria was experiencing an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last few days, which the PTF had frequently alluded to, in recent times and as such has directed that health workers should be on alert.
The minister disclosed that the increase in Covid-19 cases, to a large extent, is as a result of rise in community transmission.
Ehanire, while speaking, stated that Nigeria recorded 1,843 cases last week as against 1,235 two weeks before that, and 1,126 the week before then.
He said, “In the past 24 hours, 474 new confirmed cases and two deaths were recorded, with an indication that this week’s figure will beat last week’s.
“As at today, we have crossed the 70,000 mark with a total of 70,669 confirmed cases out of which 65,242 have been treated and discharged.
Sadly, the number of deaths has now reached 1,184 as against 1,167 two weeks before.
“While we strive for the best, we must prepare for a possible second wave which we must ensure does not get to be worse than what we have seen so far.
Judging from what we observe in other countries, the U.S., UK and other countries are going through very difficult times, and we do sympathize with them.”
“To prepare ourselves, I have directed that all Isolation and Treatment centres, which were hitherto closed due to reduced patient load, be prepared for reopening and the staff complement put on alert,” he added.
675 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
1,190 deaths pic.twitter.com/m2bm7xX1dF
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) December 10, 2020
What you should know
▪︎ There have been reported cases of the second wave of coronavirus outbreak in Europe and the Americas with renewed restrictions and lockdown measures in the affected countries.
▪︎ Nigeria’s new Covif-19 infections have been on the increase in recent times, suggesting a possible resurgence of cases.
▪︎ After months of lockdowns with the resultant economic downturn, job losses, failing businesses, biting hunger, millions of Nigerians appear to have let their guards down with the assumption that the country has moved past the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
▪︎ But with the Christmas season fast approaching, increase in economic activities and non-adherence to various safety measures, it’s just a matter of time before the country starts to experience a surge in Cobid-19 cases.
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