Health Minister: Why we cannot conclude we are flattening COVID-19 curve


Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, explained why it could not be concluded that the nation was flattening the  COVID-19 curve.

This is in spite of a decline in recent daily counts.

Speaking at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Ehanire said some states had not sustained the testing rate that would give more assurance.

On Sunday, Nigeria recorded 79 casee of COVID-19 which appeared to be the lowest daily count in about five months.

Ehanire said that “Only 13 States, for example, reported their figures in the past 24 hours.”

He stressed that “until all parts of the country can sustain a certain testing rate, it would seem presumptuous to conclude that we are flattening the curve.”

He quoted Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), to have said “we are not safe until everyone is safe.”

The Health Minister urged state governments to ramp up testing “so that we can together get control of the spread of this disease in our country.”

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