812 Health Workers Infected With Coronavirus – Dr. Ihekweazu

812 Health Workers Infected With Coronavirus – Dr. Ihekweazu

Oluwapelumi Fasoyin

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has disclosed that 812 health workers have tested positive for Coronavirus.

He disclosed this on Tuesday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 which held in Abuja.

“We’ve had 812 healthcare workers infected; they are not just numbers, Twenty-nine of these (people) work with the NCDC who got exposed to COVID-19 in the line of duty  they are people I know; they have families, wives, children," Dr Ihekweazu said.

He however disclosed the progress made so far by relevant authorities in the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

He stated that over 10,000 cases have been confirmed and that Nigeria has the third-highest figure in Africa.

"60 per cent of the cases are in 20 local government areas spread across the nation.

“The public health response is being strengthened as the measures restricting certain movements are being eased," he said.

However, crossing that 10,000 was a significant event and every night when we work very hard to bring out those numbers, sometimes numbers begin to feel like what they are but you forget that there are people behind those numbers.

The NCDC boss urged Nigerians to be cautious of their daily activities, stressing that the nation has done well but still needs to put in more effort to win the war against COVID-19.

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