One in every five tested last week, COVID-19 positive – PTF

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SECRETARY to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha says Nigeria and South Africa have continued to report the highest daily count of COVID-19 on the African continent.

  He said that one in every five persons tested in Nigeria within the passing week turned out COVID-19 positive.

  Mustapha stated this yesterday while giving his remarks during the daily press briefing of the agency in Abuja, adding that South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Algeria, and Kenya now account for 76 percent of all cases in the African region.

According to him, Nigeria has moved up to the third position in the highest cumulative caseload but remains 2nd for new cases and 5th highest in cumulative deaths in the WHO African region.

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He further disclosed that the PTF has also authourised the NCDC to immediately implement the 450 tests per LGA plan, nationwide, immediately, beginning with States that are at the forefront of resourcing and infrastructure.

The PTF Chairman emphasised the need for all segments of the society to get involved in risk communication and community engagement.

He added that in the PTF’s continued collaboration with religious and traditional rulers, the taskforce aligns with the statements issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) guiding the sick and the elderly on the need to avoid large gatherings by staying at home.

Regarding the positive news about vaccines, Boss Mustapha assured Nigerians that the PTF will ensure that the vaccines to be approved will be safe and effective.

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