The Federal Government has issued fresh guidelines to stem the rising tide of COVID-19, lamenting that the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Lagos, and Kaduna states have become the new epicentres of the virus.
Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed this on Monday during a briefing of the Taskforce.
Represented by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, the SGF said recent epidemiology records confirm to the PTF that Nigeria is now facing a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide which is similar to the second wave of infections occurring in other countries across the world.
“Particularly, Lagos, Kaduna, and the FCT have emerged as the new epicentres during this period, with over 70% of all confirmed cases.
“Two major indicators highlight the current increase in cases and transmission across Nigeria. These are:
“Notwithstanding the fact that our testing numbers were fast approaching the peak recorded in July 2020, the number of cases being reported is disproportionately higher. For example, in the FCT, despite recording an increase of 85% in tests conducted over the last week, the number of confirmed cases increased by 285% during the same time period; and
“These trends point to a higher Test Positivity Rate (TPR- the number of positive cases detected as a proportion of all tests). The TPR was below 5% through September and October and we recorded a low point of 3% nationally in late October 2020. However, recent trends in cases has seen this number increase to 10% in the second week of December.