COVID-19 survives and is more active in cold weathers, PTF says
The rate if COVID-19 infections in Nigeria might be sped up by the constant rainfall, Nigeria’s presidential task force on COVID-19 warned on Thursday.
The warning comes as the country recorded 745 new cases, becoming the highest single-day cases recorded since March when the index case was recorded.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC said in their regular daily update on Thursday night Lagos State had the highest number of infections for the day with 280 cases and is followed by Oyo and Ebonyi states with 103 and 72 cases respectively.
The health agency said other states with infections for the day include: FCT (60); Imo (46); Edo (34); Delta (33); Rivers (25); Kaduna (23); Ondo (16); Katsina (12); Kano (10); Bauchi (8); and Borno (7).
Others states with fresh infections are Kwara (5); Gombe (4); Sokoto (2); Enugu (2); Yobe (1) Osun (1); Nasarawa (1).
A further breakdown of the figures showed that the West African country now has 18,480 cases of the virus with 6307 persons discharged.
Of the number of recorded cases, 475 people have died from the disease, according to the data from the NCDC.
Rainy season might become Nigeria’s albatross
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 warned during its daily briefing on Thursday that the rains might increase the rate at which coronavirus might spread in the country.
The PTF urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to the lockdown orders as it is common fact that coronavirus does not stay alive for long in hot weathers, but now that it is rainy and the weather proves to be very cold, the rate of the spread might increase.
Mr. Mustapha also mentioned the things that hindering the fight against coronavirus to include resistance to change, stigmatization, irrational religious beliefs, etc.
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