The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Thursday, officially declared the second wave of the virus in Nigeria. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stated this during the daily media briefing. Mustapha, who has tested positive himself, was represented by Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika.
According to him, Nigeria has entered a second wave of infections and stands the risk of losing the gains from the hard work of the last nine months. Mustapha said the PTF believes that “if we do the right things, adhere to the Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) and step up our testing and detection, loss of lives will be minimized and the rising curve will begin to flatten out.”
According to him, while the country in the last two weeks on the one hand, received cheering news of the COVID-19 vaccine on the other hand, “we have witnessed spikes in number of infections at home and abroad. The real threat is upon humanity and the progress made in the global health sector in the last five decades or more.” He said Nigeria’s cumulative numbers in the last weeks of 49-51 showed: “Week 49 – 1,843; Week 50 – 3,918 and Week 51
Nigeria recorded a whopping 930 Covid-19 cases in a single day on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Nigeria recorded a whopping 930 Covid-19 cases in a single day on Thursday, December 17, 2020, confirming that we have entered the second wave of a pandemic that has gripped the world for much of 2020.
As at December 16, 2020, 930 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 7,125 samples across the country. This tops the 796 confirmed cases reported on December 11, 2020. The highest number of deaths was recorded on June 16, 2020, with 31 deaths.