COVID-19 pandemic just beginning in Nigeria –PTF

AS Nigeria’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 12,000 and the death toll keep rising, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said the country may just be starting to experience the epidemic.

The PTF lamented that Nigerians were avoiding being tested; a situation he said was responsible for the low testing ratio to the population.

This was made known at the House of Representatives on Monday when members of the PTF appeared before a joint committee of the House to account for the funds allocated and donated to the fight against the pandemic.

Chairman of the PTF, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, expressed uncertainties over the pandemic, urging the lawmakers to help extend the campaign to the grass roots.

Earlier, the Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, while responding to a question on whether the PTF had projected a figure for cases to know when Nigeria has reached the peak of the pandemic, stated that the country was just entering it.

Ihekweazu also dismissed the claims that the NCDC had spent millions on text messages to sensitise Nigerians.

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