- 71% of Nigerians infected with coronavirus contracted the virus from unknown sources
- This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its situation report
- According to the report, the majority of those infected so far do not have relevant travel history
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The coronavirus situation report published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that majority of Nigerians infected with COVID-19 contracted the virus from unknown sources.
Legit.ng gathered that the health agency's report released on Sunday, August 2, explained that most people that have been infected so far do not have relevant travel history or exposure to another individual with the virus.
In spite of a decline in the daily figures recorded, there has been a troubling uptick in mystery cases.
Though the latest figure of total infections in the country is 44,129, however, since Friday, July 31, Nigeria has been recording less than 500 coronavirus cases.
According to the NCDC report, over 71% (31,237) of the total confirmed cases are from unknown sources that can't be traced to persons with travel history making it difficult to identify individuals with risk exposure.
The report further stated that 27% (11,800) had contact while 2% (804) of cases have travel history.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria's Covid-19 has now risen above 44,000 threshold after 288 new cases were reported on Monday, August 3, in what brought the total infection figure in the country to 44,129.
According to the NCDC which announced the new infections in a tweet, the new confirmed cases spread across 14 states.
Lagos state tops the list of the cases with 88 while it was followed by Kwara which recorded 33.
In a related development, the federal government has warned that COVID-19 would spread more to rural areas across the country.
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, who made this known on Monday, August 3, at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, urged Nigerians to be ready for the pandemic.
He also said that the federal government's objective was to reduce Nigeria’s COVID-19 fatality case to 1%.
“Our objective is to reduce the case fatality to 1%. COVID-19 will also spread more to rural areas, and we should be ready for that. It is too early to read meanings to the COVID-19 data in Nigeria," he said.
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