President Muhammadu Buhari has raised an alarm over the large proportion of new coronavirus infections occurring in communities across Nigeria.
The President disclosed this in his national broadcast on Monday. According to him, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has informed him of the new development, which he said is spreading through person-to-person contacts.
He said, “NCDC has informed me that, a large proportion of new infections are now occurring in our communities, through person-to-person contacts. So we must pay attention to the danger of close contact between person to person
“Majority of the confirmed cases in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are individuals with recent international travel history or those that came into contact with returnees from international trips.
“By closing our airports and land borders and putting strict conditions for seaport activities, we have reduced the impact of external factors on our country. However, the increase in the number of States with positive cases is alarming.
“At this point, I will remind all Nigerians to continue to take responsibility for the recommended measures to prevent transmission, including maintaining physical distancing, good personal hygiene and staying at home.”
The President added that he has signed the Quarantine Order in this regard and additional regulations to provide clarity in respect of the control measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be released soon.
“The public health response to COVID-19 is built on our ability to detect, test and admit cases as well as trace all their contacts. While I note some appreciable progress, we can achieve a lot more,” he added,