The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has raised an alarm that there might be a massive increase in COVID-19 cases in January, 2021.
Director-Genearl of the NCDC, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, while speaking at the press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said that the country’s health struggling to contain the pandemic and there might be an increase in positive cases because of the handful of activities during the festive period.
In his words;
We just faced the worst week since we started responding to this outbreak. We had more cases in Nigeria last week than in any other previous week since the beginning of the outbreak.
Pictures and videos from across the country paint a very disheartening situation because it appears that our messages, our appeals to Nigerians over the last few months have not been heeded and we have gone ahead with business as usual.
Events centres are full, social activities are full and so it is no surprises that cases are rising.
January will be a tough month, no doubt about it. So, we have to brace ourselves for the consequences of the activities that we have decided to carry out in December.
As at 29th of December, 2020, 749 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the country and Lagos recorded the highest number of cases with 299.
NCDC reports that a total number of 85, 560 cases have been recorded so far in the country, 71, 937 patients have been successfully discharged while 1267 deaths have been recorded.