THE SECOND WAVE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA HAS CONTINUED TO SPIKE AT A DISTURBING RATE ON JANUARY 12, WITH ONE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR NEW CASES RECORDED IN THE LAST 24HOURS IN THE COUNTRY.
ONDO STATE RECORDED 46 FRESH CASES, AN ALARMING FIGURE THAT WILL GIVE BOTH GOVERNMENT AND RESIDENTS SERIOUS CONCERN.
ACCORDING TO THE DAILY UPDATE ON THE VERIFIED TWITTER HANDLE OF THE NIGERIA CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL, NCDC, Lagos-774, FCT-125, Plateau-102, Anambra-47, and Ondo state recorded 46 fresh cases.
Other states are; Rivers-27, Edo-18, Kaduna-16, Ogun-16, Gombe-16, Bauchi-11 and Kano-11.
Also in Nasarawa-10, Akwa Ibom-7, Sokoto-7, Borno-5, Ekiti-4 and Zamfara-2.
Hospitals won’t be able to handle serious COVID-19 cases soon — NCDC warns
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says the country is now reaching a critical level, adding that the hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious COVID-19 cases.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this in a series of tweets on Monday while reacting to the spike in COVID-19 infections in the last one month.
Ihekweazu said this as the fear of COVID-19 spread at the National Identity Management Commission grew on Monday because Nigerians besieged the NIMC offices following the workers’ suspension of the strike they embarked upon on Thursday.
NIN registration may not be suspended over large crowd
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, has hinted that the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) registration may not be suspended over COVID-19 risks.
Mamora Stated this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday.
He urged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to go back to the drawing board and re-order the process to avoid large crowds at its centres nationwide.
Mamora who is also a member of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said the government has a duty to ensure citizens are protected at all times.