COVID-19 may spread to all 774 LGAs, says FG

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The Federal Government has expressed concern that the COVID-19 pandemic may spread to all the 774 local government areas in the country.

Currently, only 85 LGAs, spread across 20 states, in which tests have not been conducted, are yet to record a positive case of the coronavirus disease.‎

Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, expressed the Federal Government’s concern over the spread of the disease at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday. ‎

Mustapha ‎disclosed that the number of LGAs with 50 per cent of the COVID-19  burden has now risen from 11 to 20.‎

However, he noted that for technical reasons it has not been possible to isolate those LGAs for precision lockdown.

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The SGF said, “Nigeria, with 46, 577 confirmed cases and 945 cumulative deaths, remains respectively the third and fourth highest in these parameters.

“As we emphasised at the last briefing, Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of the pandemic.

“Therefore, the low test/ case confirmation numbers coming out daily should not be misinterpreted to mean that we have overcome.

“We have over time ramped up testing but more needs to be done to raise the quantum of test per million population.

“Our analysis has however shown that five states still account for 60 per cent of cumulative cases; 689 out of 774 LGAs have reported a case; 85 LGAs in 20 states still remain with no testing done and no case reported; and 50 percent of all cases are in 20 percent LGAs.”‎

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