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COVID-19 curve not flattening yet; decline in new cases resulted from reduction in sample collection- NCDC

COVID-19 curve not flattening yet; decline in new cases resulted from reduction in sample collection- NCDC

The Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu has warned that the country is far from the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ihekweazu warning came in reaction to recent wave of optimism from Nigerians over the reduction of the numbers of new cases announced by the centre in the past few days.

The NCDC boss, however, argued that it is too early to confirm that the curve of the virus is flattening in the country as the numbers recorded could only be a reflection in the reduction of samples collected in different states of the Federation and FCT as a result of the holiday.

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“We had a decline in the number of samples collected across states between the 31st of July and 2nd of August. This may be associated with the public holiday which led to a reduction in activities across the country.

“It is still too early to interpret a decline in new cases as flattening the curve. We are learning from countries in Europe and other parts of the world that a decline in new cases does not translate to being at the end of the pandemic.

“In most of these countries, they are experiencing an increase in cases again. We are proud of the leadership of the Lagos State Government in responding to this outbreak, but will not relent in our response activities. Although Lagos State is the epicentre of the outbreak in Nigeria, various states are at different phases of the outbreak. In some states, we are recording an increase in cases.

“We are only as strong as our weakest link and will continue to maintain momentum in the response, despite the decline in the number of new cases in Lagos. “

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