COVID-19: Nigeria Plunges Into Fourth Wave
COVID-19: Nigeria Plunges Into Fourth Wave

Following a recent rise in cases and deaths, the Nigeria Centre for Illness Control, NCDC, has declared that the country is presently witnessing the fourth wave of coronavirus disease.

This was revealed in a statement published and made accessible to media on Monday night by the agency’s Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa.

He stated that the development was the result of a 500% spike in the number of cases registered in the previous two weeks.

The NCDC also cautioned Nigerians not to violate the COVID-19 recommendations over the holiday season, emphasizing that everyone must do their share to ensure that all people, particularly the most vulnerable, are protected against the illness.

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The statement read, “Nigeria has recorded a 500% increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks across the country caused by the Delta and Omicron variants. As of 19th December 2021, a total of 223,887 cases and 2985 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The country is now in a fourth COVID-19 wave. The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as NCDC and its partners, are therefore intensifying risk communication efforts to remind Nigerians of the risk we face and need to take collective responsibility to reduce transmission of the virus.

“The response to COVID-19 requires a whole-of-society approach. Therefore, individuals, families and institutions also need to play their part in protecting each other by ensuring adherence to COVID-19 public health and social measures. Critically, Nigerians are urged to adhere to recommended measures by NCDC and other public health authorities, as they celebrate Christmas and New Year.”

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