SWITZERLAND, JUNE 03 – A total of 812 health workers have been infected with the coronavirus in Nigeria.
This was revealed by the Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chike Ihekweazu at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 on Tuesday. Ihekweazu said 29 of the infected health officials are of the NCDC.
“We have had 812 health workers infected. They are not just numbers. Twenty-nine of this work with NCDC. They are people I know. Eight of them right now are in IDH treatment centre. They are people and they matter,” he said.
“Crossing that 10,000 mark was quite a significant event. Every night we work to bring out those numbers, sometimes numbers begin to feel like what they are; you forget that there are people behind each number. So, it is very important for us to remember that these are people. At NCDC, we engage with these people every day.
“At the moment 75 per cent of people have unknown sources of their illness. It means community transmission is happening. This is normal of a respiratory virus which 80 per cent of people are asymptomatic.
“We now have the third-highest number of confirmed cases in the continent, after South Africa and Egypt. We’ve increased our testing capacity. We have now tested over 65,000 samples. 60 per cent of our cases are in 20 local government areas.”
He said over 65,000 samples have been tested, while 60 percent of the cases are in 20 local government areas of the country.
Ihekweazu’s revelation came hours before the NCDC announced 241 new confirmed cases in Nigeria, bringing the total number to 10,819 with 314 deaths. Nigeria now has the third highest number of cases in Africa after South Africa and Egypt.
Lagos remains the epicentre of the pandemic.