Nigeria Puts Six States On 'red Alert' Over Virus Fears
Sumaira FH 13 days ago Sun 18th July 2021 | 05:30 PM
Abuja, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jul, 2021 ) :Nigeria has put six states and its capital on "red alert" over rising coronavirus cases, the government said late on Saturday, urging caution ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
Africa's most populous country, with some 210 million residents, has officially recorded around 169,000 cases and 2,126 deaths from Covid-19, but the real figures are believed to be much higher, in part because of low testing rates.
"The Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 (PSC), has put six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on red alert as part of the preventive measures against a third wave of the pandemic," Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha said in a statement.
Lagos, the country's commercial capital, has been the epicentre of Nigeria's outbreak, accounting for more than a third of the nationwide total.
Spokesman for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Willy Bassey told AFP that "red alert" meant that states should "fully deploy all Covid-19 prevention and containment measures in place" and intensify "testing, identification, treatment and isolation of infected persons.
" But the presidential steering committee added in its statement that "all states... should heighten their state of preparedness and continue to enforce all protocols put in place." "These steps are critical as we begin to see worrisome early signs of increasing cases in Nigeria," Mustapha said.
It also recommended the suspension of the traditional Durbar festival showcasing horse riding displays.
More vaccines are expected to be received next month.