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COVID-19: Over 100,000 reported cases in Nigeria – Ihekweazu

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu has said that Nigeria reported over 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which is a shark reminder of the reality Nigerians live in now.

The NCDC DG disclosed this on his official social platform on Monday, he said in the last 4 weeks, Nigeria has recorded a spike in the number of new cases, and led to over 1,300 deaths within 11 months, millions more globally.

Ihekweazu said, “The virus is spreading fast, causing mild symptoms in some and severe illness or death in others. Many people continue to experience fatigue and other symptoms even after recovery.

“We are reaching a critical level where our hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious COVID-19 cases and health workers will be forced to make tough decisions. We need to protect our more vulnerable citizens”, he said.

He warned Nigerians not to be tired and fed up. “The virus is taking advantage of our fatigue and gaining momentum. By adhering to health measures, masks, handwashing, distancing, we can prevent its spread. Stay at home, avoid large gatherings and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

“We are committed to working with other government and private organisations in response to this pandemic. Testing remains free in public health labs, sample collection centres are being scaled up by State Govts and other measures”, he said.






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