- FG said large scale testing embarked upon is responsible for the recent spike in the number of Covid-19 cases
- Boss Mustapha, PTF chairman on Covid-19, said more deaths may be recorded in the coming weeks
- Nigeria has 19,808 cases after 661 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in 14 states on Saturday, June 20
As governments across levels channel efforts against the coronavirus scourge, the presidential task force on Covid-19 said things may dive down to worse as more fatalities may be recorded in the coming weeks.
Speaking with pressmen, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the presidential task force on Covid-19, made this known as virus ravages the country.
Legit.ng notes that the fight against the scourge got pricked as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 661 new cases of Covid-19 in 14 states.
Presently, Nigeria's Covid-19 total infection has hit 19,808 with 6,718 recoveries and 506 deaths.
Mustapha has now attributed the spike in the number of cases to the large scale testing which the country has embarked upon.
The PTF chairman, however, warned against the inevitable danger ahead, saying Nigeria may get into panic mode soon.
“The figures you see now are a reflection of the testing capacity of the country. We have ramped up testing. From just about two centres, we now have over 30 and so, the results are the figures you see now, the outcome of which will be an increase in the number of casualties in the next three weeks, when they’ll start manifesting.
“There’ll be pandemonium and we might get into a panic mode. Sadly, we are still in the first wave and the figures will not abate, because the attitudes of a majority of the people do not suggest that we want the figures to abate,” Mustapha explained.
The SSG also enjoined Nigerians to support the federal government's efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that there is a major trouble in the cabinet of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the Delta state government announced on Sunday, June 21, that two cabinet members have tested positive to COVID-19.
The government named the two members as the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, and the commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu.
The short statement said the two officials developed mild symptoms and decided to go for testing which came out positive.
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