Fresh data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC mentioned that the number of COVID19 cases recorded in the country has risen by 77 percent in one week.
The data revealed that the number of COVID19 cases rose from 392 two weeks ago to 693 last week (July 5 to July 11). The report states that the number of discharges (recoveries) dropped by 87 percent from the 433 persons discharged two weeks ago to 57 discharged last week.
Reacting to the new developments, the NCDC Director-General Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, appealed to Nigerians to take the COVID19 protocols seriously, particularly as the dangerous Delta variant has been detected in the country.
“Given the high transmissibility of the Delta variant and following its detection in Nigeria, NCDC urges all Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place.
Proven public health and social measures such as physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and proper use of face masks, prevent infections and save lives. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and offers protection against the disease.
Additionally, states are urged to ensure sample collection and testing for COVID-19 are accessible to the public. Public settings such as schools with accommodation facilities, workplaces, and camps should utilize the approved Antigen based Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for rapid testing of their population.” he said
Researchers have said that the Delta variant is about 50 per cent more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was first identified in the U.K. The Delta variant may also be able to escape protection from vaccines and some COVID-19 treatments, though studies are still ongoing.