COVID-19: Nigeria going to exponential transmission stage — Boss Mustapha,PTF Chairman

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Nigeria is headed for the exponential stage of the Coronavirus Disease, says the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The position of the PTF was made known by its National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, on Friday in Abuja during its daily briefing.

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This came on a day Nigeria back to back recorded its highest single-day infection of the disease.

The country on Friday recorded 386 fresh cases.

On Thursday, the country recorded 381 cases, which was then the highest.

Aliyu advised that safety should be the watchword of every Nigerian going forward.

The coordinator appealed to Nigerians to stay within their communities to limit transmission of the virus

The same position was also echoed by the Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who said physical distancing and other preventive measures were designed to save Nigerians from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Mustapha reiterated that the measures were not punitive, but meant to save lives and prevent uncontrolled spread of the COVID-19 within the communities.

“We recognise the existence of multi-faceted challenges and shall keep emphasising these in our daily briefings and through our information, education and communication media,” he said.

He called on the mass media and other key stakeholders to step up awareness creation efforts.

According to him, Nigeria is at the community transmission phase of the pandemic at the moment.

He noted that the country on Thursday recorded 381 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest number so far in a day.

Mustapha said: “This can be considered worrisome, but for the fact that this rise is associated with increase testing capacity, which has provided opportunity to detect hitherto hidden cases.

“This increased testing does not translate to higher fatality rates.

“As in the last few days, we have witnessed a good number of discharges and continually reduce daily fatality rate.”