As the number of cases of Coronavirus infections continues to increase, the Federal government(FG) has raised the alarm that 80% of Nigerians infected with COVID-19, are not in isolation for fear of being stigmatized.
The government, while urging Nigerians to prepare for more difficult days in the future, warned that the effect of virus transmission will be visible in three weeks, when the numbers start to rise due to an increase in the number of fatalities.
According to The Nation, this was announced on Thursday, June 18, by Boss Mustafa, Chairman of the presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
The Federation government Secretary said they only care for 20% of patients who show up in isolation units after showing symptoms.
Mustafa went on to add that one of the reasons people avoid isolation centers until it is too late is because they are rejected: “you may know that almost 80 percent of infected people are not in any isolation center or hospital.
We just take care of about 20 percent who choose to show up or provide for themselves when they are in a critical condition for management and care.
“Most people, one of the reasons they decide to avoid isolation centers or don’t show up until it’s too late and complications start to develop is a simple reason to be rejected and treated differently.
“SGF, who added that the risk of infection is now higher, also noted that Nigeria is not out of the woods yet, and to address this problem, Nigerians should work with the government.
He said: “When we started, it was one (case) on February 27. Today we have a record number of more than 17,000 and it is still being counted, and the truth is that the adverse effects of these numbers will only be visible in three weeks. That’s when you start seeing projections of mortality.
“We have difficult days ahead of us. We have difficult days ahead of us. We need everyone to understand that we are not out of the woods yet.
There are more difficult days ahead, more difficult times ahead, when our numbers will start to grow.”
He also appealed to Nigerians not to brand anyone infected with the virus, as COVID-19 does not respect gender, status, religion or nationality.
This development comes after the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the highest one-day COVID of 19 cases with 745 infections.
The NCDC, in an overnight tweet on Thursday, June 18, said that 745 cases of the disease were spread across 21 States.
Information released by the Health Agency indicated that Lagos state had the highest number of COVID infections-19 per day with 280 cases, followed by Oyo with 103 infections.
The NCDC reported that other States with infections during the day include: eboni-72, Abuja-60, IMO-46, Edo-34, Delta-33, rivers-25, Kaduna-23, Ondo-16, Katsina-12, Kano-10, Bauchi-8, Borno-7, kwara-5, Gombe-4, Sokoto-2, Enugu-2, Yobe-1, Osun-1 and Nasarawa-1.
Meanwhile, the Federal government has warned Nigerians that they are now more likely to be infected with the coronavirus than ever before.
This was stated by the national coordinator of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, at a press briefing on Thursday, June 18.
He said that due to the growing number of community-based infections in the country, more Nigerians are at risk of Contracting the virus. – Now more than ever. If you go outside, you are more likely to get a COVID-19 than before.
You risk acquiring COVID-19 because the numbers we have now are greater than three or four weeks ago when we had a lockout,” he said.