3rd wave: Nigeria at high risk of surge in COVID cases — NCDC

By AdvocateNews on 15/07/2021

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Few days after the Lagos State Government announced the possible third wave of COVID-19 in Lagos, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has warned that the whole country was at high risk of a surge in COVID cases.

Ihekweazu, in a chat with Vanguard, said the risk was even higher with the emergence of the Delta variant which is more transmissible.

Noting that the pandemic was still active in the country, he urged Nigerians to be aware of the risk and to take responsibility to protect their lives, loved ones, and the economy.

Ihekweazu who warned that the impending rise in fresh COVID cases in the country was imminent with what had been observed in other countries across the world and in Africa, however, said there was a window of opportunity to prevent a surge in cases, but it requires strict public adherence to public health and social measures.

“We have seen a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Lagos State, and remain grateful for the State Government’s proactive leadership in recognising this risk.

“Please wear a face mask when you are in public settings, maintain physical distancing and wash your hands regularly.  We also appeal to businesses, schools, religious homes, and other settings to ensure that these measures are obeyed at all times,” he stated. 

On vaccines, the NCDC boss said the COVID-19 vaccine provides protection, hence, the need for people to get vaccinated in addition to adhering to public health and social measures.

Ihekweazu said the NCDC has been working with the private laboratories approved for COVID-19 travel tests, to carry out genomic sequencing of COVID-19 positive cases among travellers, in addition to the routine genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory and with the African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemers University, Ede.

He, however, stressed that the responsibility to prevent a surge in cases was not with the government alone, but requires adherence to public health and social measures by all members of the public.

Posted 15/07/2021 4:36:14 PM

 

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