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FG Warns Nigerians Against COVID-19, Says Vaccines May Not Come Soon

Nigerians have been advised by the Federal Government against complacency in containing the COVID-19 pandemic in the country stating that the vaccines against the virus might not arrive soon.

This was made known at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 by the Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora represented by the Director, Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi.

Mamora said that the government is working effortlessly to get vaccines for Nigerians but it might not come soon.

He said,

“We need to be alive to get the vaccines when they come. I have brought this up to underscore the importance of compliance with non-pharmaceutical measures as advised to reduce transmission.”

The minister added that new cases of 1,354 with one death were recorded on Wednesday while a total number of 1,004,915 have been tested.

He said,

“Number of confirmed cases is 94,369. Active cases stand at 15,764. Discharged cases to date are 77,299. The number of deaths to date is 1,324 with a case fatality rate of 1.4 percent.

The Federal Government is determined to ensure morbidity due to COVID-19 is reduced to the barest minimum while improving on the fatality rate.”

Mamora further said that a second phase assessment of the isolation and treatment centers country-wide to verify challenges will be carried out immediately to enable the government to provide appropriate intervention measures required to strengthen these centers.

He added that,

“We will continue to appeal to states to increase testing and contact tracing. The cooperation of the states with the federal authorities is critical to our collective objective of defeating COVID-19.”