- The COVID-19 disease in Nigeria is being spread by young persons between the ages of 20 and 40, the NCDC has disclosed
- Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC made the disclosure in a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, July 2
- Ihekweazu said there was a need to protect the elderly from contracting the disease
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The COVID-19 disease in Nigeria is being spread by young persons between the ages of 20 and 40, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC made the disclosure during a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, July 2, The Cable reported.
He said although younger persons are spreading the virus, patients above 50 years are the highest fatality victims.
The NCDC boss stated that it was obvious that COVID-19 transmission is high among younger people in Nigeria.
“As more people are infected across the world as you might have seen, ten million. It is increasingly obvious that there is high transmission among younger people, not children but people aged between 20 and 40 are really driving the spread of this virus. But those that are bearing the brunt of it are people aged 50 and above,” he said.
He pointed out that three out of five people who die from COVID-19 are 50 years above.
Ihekweazu said there was a need to protect the elderly from contracting the disease.
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Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has again reiterated that the Akwa Ibom state government has not received any financial assistance from the federal government in the fight against COVID-19.
The governor made this known during a routine media chat to update citizens on efforts of the state government in tackling the COVID-19 scourge.
According to him, it was important to clear the misconception that the state was being supported financially by federal government in this direction.
His words: “As I'm talking to you, I'm yet to receive one naira from the federal government for the fight against Covid-19. A lot of people believe we are doing all these things because the federal government has given us so much money. No, not at all.
“We do this because we see our responsibility to save lives and I had said that I will be at the forefront of this fight.”
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