The Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has warned that a country might start to record mass death in coming days following the outrageous numbers of COVID-19 patients across the country.
Mustapha, expressed fears over the level of wide spread and increment of the person living with the virus in Nigeria said he is seriously disturbed and his committee members are doing everything they could to bring the pandemic to the minimal level.
This is just as NCDC announced that it had recorded 661 new cases, raising tally to 19,808, discharges 6,718, deaths 506. As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of 230, followed by Rivers-127, Delta-83, FCT-60, Oyo-51, Edo-31, Bayelsa-27, Kaduna-25, Plateau-13, Ondo-6, Nasarawa-3, Ekiti-2, Kano-2, Borno-1.
Mustapha, who argued that the reason the numbers have continued to climb up lately was because the country has increased its testing capacity, however, noted that Nigeria was yet to even enter into the second wave of the pandemic, which according to him might be inevitable.
The SGF, who is disturbed about the attitudes of some Nigerians to the virus despite its rate of spread, noted that by the time the death tolls start coming in, the nation might enter into a serious panic mode, because the casualties would reflect the figures and the testing rate.
“The figures you see now are a reflection of the testing capacity of the country. We have ramped up testing. From just about two centres, we now have over 30 and so, the results are the figures you see now, the outcome of which will be an increase in the number of casualties in the next three weeks, when they’ll start manifesting”
“There will be pandemonium and we might get into a panic mode. Sadly, we are still in the first wave and the figures will not abate, because the attitudes of a majority of the people do not suggest that we want the figures to abate,” Mustapha said.
He, however called on the people and organizations to support the government in taming the Coronavirus pandemic and more importantly to always adhere to the safety measures.