Mr Boss Mustapha, Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, mentioned Nigeria recorded 4 circumstances of COVID-19, B117 variant pressure, first reported within the UK.
The PTF chairman made the disclosure at nationwide briefing on Monday in Abuja.
Mustapha mentioned; “over the last few weeks, the PTF had been closely following the rising number of infections reported daily in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions.
“Similarly, our scientists have been sequencing the variants of the virus.
“There have been reports of cases with the B117 variant strain first reported in the UK, found in Nigeria. Three of these were in travelers out of Nigeria and one in a resident,”.
He additionally acknowledged that the every day statistics for Nigeria as at January 24, 2020 confirmed that circumstances had been 121,566; complete checks to this point had been 1,270,523; energetic circumstances had been 22,834, amounting to 19.four per cent; discharged sufferers had been 97,228 and deaths stood at 1,504.
“Also, over seven days ending Jan. 23, the statistics showed that tests conducted were 58,974 while cases recorded were 11,179, with a positivity of 19.0 per cent.
“62 deaths were recorded, with case fatality ratio of 0.6 per cent; active cases stood at 23,568 at 19.4 per cent.
“All these numbers represent increases from the previous seven days and we are looking at taking further public health containment measures in local government areas that are considered high burden,” he defined.
On the actions of the PTF in managing COVID-19, the PTF chairman mentioned: “The management of cases is gradually improving with the availability of medical oxygen. Government is also fast tracking the rehabilitation of existing plants and construction of new ones as approved by the President.
“The PTF has advanced in the deployment of resources for the national testing week and continues to review the bottlenecks affecting the turnaround time for testing.
“The PTF is improving on the International Travel Portal to minimise the challenges passengers keep encountering,” he mentioned.
Speaking on the section three eased lockdown, Mustapha mentioned the PTF “is reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which is due to expire today (on Monday).
“In view of the fact that our numbers are not abating, all extant measures prescribed in these guidelines are (subject to some modifications) extended by a period of one month with effect from Tuesday, Jan. 26,” he mentioned.
On vaccines, he mentioned the anticipated 100,000 doses would arrive the nation in early February.
According to him, the hassle to entry and deploy vaccines are progressing and as already introduced by COVAX, the preliminary 100,000 doses Nigeria is waiting for will now arrive within the early weeks of February.
“We wish to assure all Nigerians that the vaccines will be safe and effective when eventually it is deployed. We enjoin everyone to join in the campaign to eliminate vaccine hesitancy.
“I have to however, advise all Nigerians that the only source of vaccines that is safe and effective in Nigeria is through the channels of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Please do not patronise any one hawking or marketing vaccines,” he added.