- No fewer than 405 people have died as a result of coronavirus as Nigeria experiences a more virulent second wave
- According to NCDC record, as of the first day of February, the death figure of COVID-19 was 1,607
- This sad news was broken by the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF)
As Nigeria continues to battle the second wave of coronavirus, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 said at least 405 Nigerians died from the deadly virus in the last two months.
Boss Mustapha, the PTF chairman made the disclosure on Monday, February 1, during a sensitisation meeting on COVID-19 vaccine introduction in Abuja, The Nation reports.
Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the fatality rate is 34 per cent higher as COVID-19-related deaths increased from 1,173 as of November 29, 2020, to 1,578 on January 31.
Mustapha, however, said the arrival of vaccines has given hope to humanity, adding that the non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) will not be discarded.
FG declares Kogi ‘high-risk state’ for COVID-19
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government classified Kogi as a high-risk state for COVID-19 because of its failure to acknowledge the existence of the disease, report tests, or build isolation centres.
The PTF on COVID-19 announced the classification on Monday, February 1, and warned Nigerians to beware of visiting the state.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has consistently dismissed the existence of COVID-19 in Nigeria sparking outrage among health professionals and many Nigerians.
Presidency sends strong warning to Nigerians
In a related development, the presidency warned Nigerians that they risk forcing the federal government to impose another lockdown if they refuse to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol of wearing masks.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, gave the warning on Sunday, January 31, in a statement shared on his Facebook page and sighted by Legit.ng.