Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned against non-essential travels during this Easter as COVID-19 cases reach 163,113 in the country.
NCDC on Saturday recorded 50 new COVID-19 infections in 5 states of the federation.
Giving a breakdown of the fresh infections, the NCDC said Lagos State recorded the highest figure of the day with 27 infections, followed by Plateau State which reported 16 cases.
Others were; Bayelsa (7), Gombe (3), Nasarawa (1) and Ekiti (1)
NCDC while reminding citizens that COVID-19 is still out there, urged Nigerians not to put their families at risks during and after the Easter break.
“#COVID19 may cause severe complications in the elderly & people with underlying health conditions.
✅Wear a face mask
✅Maintain physical distance
✅Wash your hands regularly
❌Contact with anyone showing symptoms of #COVID19.”
As of Saturday, 3rd of April 2021, a total of 2,058 persons have lost their lives to the virus in Nigeria, while 151,853 patients have recovered.
Meanwhile, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said “Nigeria is continuing in the process of administering roughly 4 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, beginning with our frontline health workers and vulnerable individuals. There has been no change to current plans or supply.”
NPHCDA CEO, Dr. Faisal Shuaib while reassuring citizens of the safety of the vaccine in a press statement, said, “the World Health Organization, British and European health regulators all continue to advocate for the use of AstraZeneca.”
“AstraZeneca’s strong effectiveness against COVID-19 has been demonstrated in clinical and human trials: it has been shown to be 76% effective at preventing COVID-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalization.”
“The NPHCDA’s priority is the health and safety of the Nigerian people, and our decisions and advice are guided by best practice scientific evidence. We are confident in AstraZeneca’s ability to save lives.
Vaccines save lives!