- The federal government has urged Nigerians to prepare for tough days ahead
- Boss Mustapha, the SGF also raised an alarm that 80% of people infected are not in isolation centres
- Nigerians have been warned that the effect of virus' transmission would be seen in three weeks
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As cases of coronavirus infections continue to rise, the federal government has raised an alarm that 80% of Nigerians infected with COVID-19 are not in isolation centres out of fear of being stigmatized.
The government while urging Nigerians to prepare for more difficult days ahead, warned that the effect of virus' transmission would be seen in three weeks as figures begin to rise through an increased number of fatalities.
According to The Nation, this was revealed on Thursday, June 18, by Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
The secretary to the government of the federation said that they are taking care of only 20% of patients who show up at isolation centres after exhibiting symptoms.
Mustapha further added that one of the reasons people avoid the isolation centres until it's too late is because of being rejected
He said: “You may care to know that almost 80 percent of people that are infected are in no form of isolation centre or hospital. We are just caring for about 20 percent that have decided to show up or provide themselves when they are critically ill for the management and care.
“Most people, one of the reasons they decide to avoid the isolation centres or don’t present themselves until it is late and complications begin to develop is because of this simple reason of being rejected and of being treated differently."
The SGF who added that the risk of infection is now higher also noted that Nigeria is not out of the woods yet and in order to tackle the challenge Nigerians must cooperate with the government.
He said: “When we started it was one (case) on the 27 of February. Today, we have a record number of over 17,000 and it is still counting and the truth of this matter is that the adverse effects of these numbers will not be seen now until three weeks ahead. That is when you will begin to see the projections of the mortality.
"We have got hard days ahead. We have got tough days ahead. We need everybody to understand that we are not out of the woods yet. There are more difficult days ahead, there are harder times ahead as our figures begin to rise.”
He also made an appeal to Nigerians not to stigmatize anyone infected with the virus as COVID-19 has no respect for gender, status, creed, or nationality.
This development is coming as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the highest single-day COVID-19 cases with 745 infections.
The NCDC in a late-night tweet on Thursday, June 18, disclosed that the 745 cases were spread across 21 states.
The information released by the health agency indicated that Lagos state had the highest number of COVID-19 infections for the day with 280 cases, followed by Oyo with 103 infections.
The NCDC said other states with infections for the day include: Ebonyi-72, Abuja-60, Imo-46, Edo-34, Delta-33, Rivers-25, Kaduna-23, Ondo-16, Katsina-12, Kano-10, Bauchi-8, Borno-7, Kwara-5, Gombe-4, Sokoto-2, Enugu-2, Yobe-1, Osun-1 and Nasarawa-1.
Meanwhile, the federal government has warned Nigerians that they are more likely to contract coronavirus now than ever before.
This was stated by the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu at a press briefing on Thursday, June 18. He said due to the expanding rate of community infections in the country, more Nigerian are at risk of contracting the virus.
“Now, more than ever before. If you go out, you are more likely to get COVID-19 than before. You’re at risk of acquiring COVID-19, because of the numbers we have now is more than three, four weeks ago when we had the lockdown,” he said.
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