COVID-19: Nigeria not experiencing ‘a spike’ – NCDC

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Ihekweazu said that the announcement of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines against the COVID-19 gave Nigeria a significant โ€œray of hopeโ€.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that Nigeria is not experiencing a spike in COVID-19 infections.

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja while giving an update on the disease in the country.

โ€œFor over two months we fought between a hundred to two hundred cases a dayโ€ฆ but we really havenโ€™t seen a spike in our national data.

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โ€œThere 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,โ€ Ihekweazu explained.

According to him, NCDC has worked very hard to contain the spread of the virus.

โ€œIf you look at our testing numbers, yes they have not gone up as high as we would have loved to, but apart from a small decrease during the peak of the demonstrations a few weeks ago, we have managed to maintain our testing numbers of about 30,000 tests per week.

โ€œSo generally, I would still say, we need to be cautious and continue with the preventive measures but we have not seen a spike in the country, โ€œ he stated.

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He, however, pointed out that many processes needed to be carried out on the two vaccines before they could be used.

The NCDC boss said that the centre was also working to make sure that Nigerians fully understood the value of the vaccines.

Meanwhile, Ihekweazu said that there was no case of COVID-19 outbreak in the various orientation camps of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

He explained that two cases were detected before the infected corps members got into the NYSC camp.


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