The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 said on Monday has said that Nigeria lost 405 persons to coronavirus in the last two months,
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 75 health workers were infected last week,
The Federal Government described Kogi State, whose Governor Yahaya Bello denies the existence of the virus, as a “high-risk state.”
It also listed 22 high-burden council areas, some of them in Lagos State, and hinted of a likely suspension of flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and The Netherlands.
PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said the fatality rate is 34 per cent higher.
According to him, COVID-19-related deaths increased from 1,173 as at last November 29 to 1,578 on January 31.
The SGF spoke during a sensitisation meeting on COVID-19 vaccine introduction with leaders of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) and scholars in Abuja.
He said: “The global infections have exceeded 100 million, while fatalities have also crossed the two million mark.
“Unfortunately, Nigeria, like the rest of the world, is now experiencing a more virulent second wave, which has increased the number of COVID-19 related deaths from 1,173 on November 29, 2020, to 1,578 on January 31, 2021, an increase of 34 per cent.
“The number of infections has also grown, tremendously.”
Mustapha said the arrival of vaccines has, however, given hope to humanity, adding that the non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) will not be discarded.
He said from now on, the national response strategy would be a combination of the NPIs and the vaccines.
“I wish to make it abundantly clear that nobody is safe around the world until everyone is vaccinated,” Mustapha said.