ABUJA, 20 December 2020 – Nigeria is facing a second wave of the deadly new coronavirus blamed, as of 18 December 2020, for the deaths of 1,201 people in Africa’s most populous country.
A second wave of the outbreak has begun in Nigeria, according to Boss Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairperson of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Mustapha said he was basing his claim of a second wave on the higher than normal detection of cases of infection over first fortnight of December 2020.
If we continue to respect social distancing, wash our hands regularly and thoroughly, wear face coverings, ensure testing and detention, we can minimize the lose of lives during this second wave and begin to flatten out the curve, Mustapha said in remarks to the press.
He warned that Nigeria risks losing more citizens as well as losing all the gains the country has made over the last nine months.
Nigerian authorities say they have spared over the past nine months to fight the first wave of the virus.
The federal government of President Mohammadu Buhari, state governments and leaders of local government areas have devised additional measures and are enforcing already existing measures all across Nigeria in the hope of keeping infections during any second wave as low as possible.
More than 76,000 cases of the deadly virus have been diagnosed in the country so far. Over 67,000 patients have fully recovered.