- FG declared that the cases of coronavirus pandemic have begun to decrease significantly
- Boss Mustapha, the chairman of PTF on COVID-19, said that the country has started noticing curve flattening of the pandemic
- The SGF, however, said that the reopening of international flights and other parts of economic activities could endanger the success so far gained
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The federal government said Nigeria is winning the war against the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Nation reports that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, September 17, affirmed that Nigeria has begun flattening the curve of the spread of the virus.
Legit.ng gathered that this was disclosed by the chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, in Abuja during a media briefing.
He, however, warned that the observed success should be taken with vigilance, reminding all that the reopening of international flights and other parts of economic activities could endanger the success so far gained as being careless could lead to a second wave of the disease.
“Looking back at our national response, using science, data and experience from other countries, we cannot but say that tremendous progress has been made and that we are beginning to notice that the curve is flattening.
“However, as we have always stated, this positive development shall be taken with vigilance and cautious optimism. This is based on the fact that we are convinced that we have not tested enough, we have only recently reopened our international flights and that nations that had opened up their economies have done a re-think following the resurgence of the cases in their countries,” he said.
He noted that the PTF has lasted exactly six months from March 17, since the task force was inaugurated and that as the nation observes this landmark timeline.
Mustapha noted that Nigerians should be reminded that the world has hit 30,026,460 cases, Africa cumulatively reached 1,380,223 cases while Nigeria has also reached 56,604 cases.
He said: “Of particular note is the fact that India has crossed the five million cases mark and continues to report the highest daily caseload over the past six weeks. These numbers are reminders that point to the need to gird our loins tightly in our national response and build stronger and more unified global collaborative efforts to overcome the virus.
“Again, we reiterate the underlying objectives of the UN General Assembly resolution calling for global collaboration as the most veritable vehicle to fight the virus."
Mustapha also said that the PTF is closely watching the developments at the airports and taking-in comments and observations sent by Nigerians and passengers.
He stressed that most of the comments are around the protocols and requirements for departure, arrivals, testing in-country, self-isolation.
He added that while the PTF regrets all inconveniences experienced by arriving passengers, the overriding public interest is a critical factor propelling the policies.
He assured that the issues with access to the portal; cost, pre-boarding validity timing and other factors remain work in progress and shall be reviewed as and when necessary, while the PTF shall remain open to suggestions and comments.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) dismissed reports that about 40% of arriving passengers who presented negative COVID-19 test results were actually positive.
It was reported that the claim raised fears and suspicion among Nigerians who believe that the development, if proven to be true, will sky-rocket the situation of the virus in the country.
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