Following cases of the Omicron’ variant of the Covid-19 virus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has disclosed that there has been about 500 per cent increase in cases recorded within two weeks.
This was reportedly disclosed in a statement by the Director General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa on Monday.
According to him, “Nigeria has recorded a 500 per cent increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks across the country caused by the Delta and Omicron variants. As of December 19, 2021, a total of 223,887 cases and 2,985 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”
He stated that,“The response to COVID-19 requires a whole-of-society approach. Therefore, individuals, families and institutions also need to play their part in protecting each other by ensuring adherence to COVID-19 public health and social measures. Critically, Nigerians are urged to adhere to recommended measures by NCDC and other public health authorities, as they celebrate Christmas and New Year.”
He warned that, “Please avoid all non-essential travel within and outside Nigeria to reduce the risk of transmission. The virus that causes COVID-19 is more likely to spread in mass gatherings especially when held indoors with full capacity and poor ventilation. We strongly recommend outdoor events with physical distancing, compulsory use of face masks, and provision of hand-washing facilities or hand sanitisers. Please make use of every opportunity provided to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The government has made these vaccines available for all eligible citizens and booster doses available for those previously vaccinated.”
He noted that, “We urge Nigerians to take all precautions necessary to ensure we and our loved ones live to celebrate many more events and festivities”.