The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has disclosed that Nigeria has entered a second wave of coronavirus infections.
The PTF official and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed that the number of COVID-19 cases detected in the country in the past two weeks indicates that a second wave of the outbreak has begun.
The country has witnessed a spike in cases in recent times, with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reporting over a thousand cases today, December 18.
Represented by the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Mustapha said;
“The events and statistics of the last two weeks, within and outside Nigeria, have been very mixed. On the one hand, the cheering news of the COVID-19 vaccine, while on the other hand, we have witnessed spikes in the number of infections at home and abroad.
The real threat is upon humanity and the progress made in the global health sector in the last five decades or more.
In Nigeria, the indication is that we have entered the second wave of infections and we stand the risk of not just losing the gains from the hard work of the last nine months but also losing the precious lives of our citizens.
The PTF believes that if we do the right things, adhere to the NPIs, and step up our testing and detection, loss of lives will be minimized and the rising curve will begin to flatten. We are in a potentially difficult phase of the COVID-19 resurgence; accessing the hope offered by the arrival of the vaccine is still some time ahead.