The Federal Government has expressed concerns over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country as 833,496 cases were recorded in a single day.
The Chairman of the Presidential taskforce on COVID-19 and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha highlighted the factors that led to the increased figures of coronavirus recorded in the country since November 2020 during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.
The SGF revealed that increased local and international travels were among the major factor while also listing others to include increased business and religious activities, reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID-19 safety measures.
The SGF also faulted the attitude of some state authorities to the management of the disease saying no state in Nigeria is immune to the pandemic even if reports are not coming out of such states.
The PTF chairman urged the people to stay away from activities that can expose them to the virus as the nation’s tally crossed 100,000.
He further announced that the government has concluded plans to roll out the pilot exercise on the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test-Kits (RDTs) next week in five tertiary health institutions in Abuja.
“The current wave of infections is swift and virulent, and we do not know how long it will last. Besides, the facilities available for the treatment of critical cases remain very limited and we do not wish to be overwhelmed,” he said.
“Your best bet, therefore, is to avoid infections completely. The PTF has continued to receive inquiries about the issue of testing before travelling out of Nigeria.”