- Nigerians have been warned not to lower their guard over the low cases of COVID-19 recorded in the past few days
- The warning was issued by Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health in Abuja
- Ehanire stated that it is important for citizens to maintain preventive measures to help prevent the spread of the virus
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Nigerians have been warned not to lower their guard over the low cases of COVID-19 recorded in the past few days.
The warning was issued by Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health on Monday, August 17, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) COVID-19 briefing, Daily Trust reported.
“The apparently fewer COVID-19 positive cases over the past few days give us no reason to rejoice or to lower our guard," Ehanire said.
The minister said Nigerians should learn from other countries who experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases after they relaxed restrictions on social activities.
He stated that it is important for citizens to maintain preventive measures to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 417 new cases of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
According to NCDC, Nigeria now has 49,485 confirmed cases with 36,834 patients already recovered and discharged.
The death toll also rose by 2 to 977 from 975 reported on Sunday, August 16.
In another report, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has revealed that the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in some states have started to drop.
The Nation reports that he said the agency received decreased cases of coronavirus in Lagos, Kano, FCT, Plateau, and Borno state.
Legit.ng gathered that he explained that the reason for the reduction in the positive rate in those states was the result of consistently testing high numbers of persons.
Meanwhile, ahead of the reopening of Nigeria’s airspace for international travel, the federal government on Monday, August 17, announced that it will end the normal evacuation flights of Nigerians abroad.
The chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this during the daily briefing in Abuja said the evacuation will end on Saturday, August 22, to give international airports sufficient time in preparation to reopen.
According to Daily Trust, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) also noted that a number of countries have signified intention to repatriate Nigerians convicted, pardoned and paroled.
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