Davidson Iriekpen, Martins Ifijeh in Lagos and Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha has
warned that the country might start to count bodies
in their hundreds in the next three weeks following the spread of
coronavirus in the country.
This is just as NCDC announced it had recorded 661 new cases, raising
tally to 19,808, discharges 6,718, deaths 506. As usual, Lagos recorded
the highest number of 230, followed by Rivers-127, Delta-83, FCT-60,
Oyo-51, Edo-31, Bayelsa-27, Kaduna-25, Plateau-13, Ondo-6, Nasarawa-3,
Ekiti-2, Kano-2, Borno-1.
Mustapha, who argued that the reason the numbers have continued to climb
up lately was because the country has increased its testing capacity,
however, noted that Nigeria was yet to even enter into the second wave
of the pandemic, which according to him might be inevitable.
The SGF, who is disturbed about the attitudes of some Nigerians to the
virus despite its rate of spread, noted that by the time the death tolls
start coming in, the nation might enter into a serious panic mode,
because the casualties would reflect the figures and the testing rate.
“There’ll be pandemonium and we might get into a panic mode. Sadly, we
are still in the first wave and the figures will not abate, because the
attitudes of a majority of the people do not suggest that we want the
figures to abate,” Mustapha explained, urging Nigerians to support the
government in the fight against Covid-19 by adhering to the safety