#COVID19 Spread: Nigeria May Still Be Hard Hit – Obaze Gives Reason

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Worried that Nigerians are exhibiting false sense of security as a result of slow #COVID19 spread infection in the country, former Secretary to the Government of Anambra State, Oseloka Obaze has warned all levels of governments and the citizens to be prepared for possible upsurge in the number of infection.

Oseloka Henry Obaze on COVID19 spread In a statement made available to The Street Reporters Newspaper on Tuesday, Mr Obaze expressed serious concern that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) spend about a month on tracing citizens who returned to the country.

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He said, “Federal authorities and NCDC continue to do their utmost in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Yet it is taking about 3-4 weeks to contact trace some travelers who returned into Nigeria from the U.S. and other hotspot countries.

“Regrettably  from most Nigerians who should be observing social distancing, we are witnessing a false sense of security, due to the reported low headcount of the Covid-19 infections, which in actuality is relative to low testing count”, Obaze observed.

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On possible #COVID19 spread, he warned,  “Granted that the low count might be because Nigeria is contiguously outside the orbit of the present hotspot countries, but Nigerians are peripatetic and heavy travelers, thus the incidence of infections will be high consequently, and relatively proportional to our high rate of travel as well as high rate of concealment of infections.

“The window remains vastly open that  Nigeria may yet be hard hit down the line; as the exponential spread simmers beneath the surface, now is time to strategize for that boom moment.

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“Meanwhile we must continue to aggressively identify, isolate and treat those already infected”, the statement concluded.

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