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Plateau Now Epicentre of COVID-19 –PTF 

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, says Plateau State has now become the epicentre of COVID-19 infection.

It noted that case spike has shifted from Lagos, Kano, Ogun and Oyo to Plateau State.

The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the PTF media briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

Recalling when the country recorded its index case, an Italian, six months ago, Mustapha said Nigeria has done remarkably well but could do exceedingly better.

“The PTF would also like to draw our attention to a subtle change in the epicentre of the virus.

“We all recall that Lagos, Kano and Ogun states were the initial epicentres and then to Oyo at a time, it is now Plateau State.

“As mentioned by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health and a notable COVID-19 warrior, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos has passed its peak, but we call for vigilance and cautious optimism because the scourge is not over yet.”

The task force’s National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said there were not many COVID-19-related deaths in Nigeria compared to some other parts of the world because of the country’s youthful population.

He noted that the virus mostly infects the elderly, especially those above the age of 65, which constituted only about three per cent of the Nigerian population, compared to Italy with 21 per cent and the United Kingdom with 18 per cent.

“The main reason we are not seeing the number of deaths that we are seeing outside the country is really because of the demographic nature of Nigeria. “As I have said in the past, we have a youth surge; only three per cent of the population is above the age of 65, compared to 21 per cent of the Italian population and 18 per cent of the UK population.

“The PTF also inaugurated its online Transparency Dashboard, designed to be accessible by members of the public on the activities of the task force and utilisation of the resources allocated or donated towards the government’s response to the pandemic. He advised the corporate institutions to enforce the non-pharmaceutical measures to help the spread of the disease.

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