Why We Can’t Conclude That Nigeria Is Flattening COVID-19 Curve – Health Minister

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has explained why it can not be concluded that the nation is flattening the  COVID-19 curve even though there is a decline in recent daily counts.

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

Nigeria on Sunday recorded 79 cases of COVID-19 which appears to be the lowest daily count in about five months.

“Only 13 States, for example, reported their figures in the past 24 hours,” he pointed out.

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), as saying “we are not safe until everyone is safe.”

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

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