The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday stated that Nigeria had entered the fourth wave of coronavirus disease following a 500 per cent increase in the number of cases in the past two weeks.
This is as the disease control centre also advised Nigerians to take caution during the Yuletide season. The NCDC disclosed this in a statement signed by the Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, and made available on Monday evening.
The statement read, “Nigeria has recorded a 500% increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks across the country caused by the Delta and Omicron variants. As of 19th December 2021, a total of 223,887 cases and 2985 de*ths have been recorded in Nigeria across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The country is now in a fourth COVID-19 wave. The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as NCDC and its partners, are therefore intensifying risk communication efforts to remind Nigerians of the risk we face and need to take collective responsibility to reduce transmission of the virus.
The response to COVID-19 requires a whole-of-society approach. Therefore, individuals, families and institutions also need to play their part in protecting each other by ensuring adherence to COVID-19 public health and social measures. Critically, Nigerians are urged to adhere to recommended measures by NCDC and other public health authorities, as they celebrate Christmas and New Year.”