covid-19: FG to Pay Special Attention to South Africa, UK Arrivals

Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said  that the federal government will pay special attention to passengers arriving from the United Kingdom and South Africa in the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols.
According to him, the ministry is currently working with the Ministry of Aviation to ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocols at the local and international wings of airports nationwide.

“We are also working with the Aviation Ministry to ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocols at the local and international wings of airports across the country taking cognizance of the high transmissibility of the new strain of the virus already confirmed in many countries.

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“Particular attention in this regard is therefore being focused on passengers arriving from the UK and South Africa,” he said.
On the response to the current upsurge in infection, Olurunnimbe said federal government has been making efforts to ensure availability of oxygen on a short-term basis through collaboration with CACOVID while still pursuing the process for immediate intervention for nationwide equitable and sustainable oxygen availability at the government hospitals nationwide.

On the issue of vaccines, Olorunnimbe said the lead agency, NPHCDA, “is working with other stakeholders and partners in assessing the infrastructural gaps in terms of logistics for cold chain maintenance, storage, supply and distribution to ensure vaccine viability and reach all.”

20% of Tested Persons Turn Positive, Says Report

One in five persons tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria is positive, according to official data.
Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) compiled here, according to TheCable, show that the country’s positive rate jumped from 4.2 per cent to 21.3 per cent in the last month.

As of December 3, only 4.2 per cent of all COVID-19 tests — or roughly one in 25 samples — in Nigeria returned positive.
But as the second wave sweeps across the country, so is the number of positive cases rising.
The WHO data show that the positive rate stood at 21.3 per cent as of January 3, a steep rise in the number of positive diagnoses.

When a country’s positivity rate for COVID-19 is high, experts believe this indicates how widespread the virus is in the community.
It could also mean that the number of total tests being carried out is too low.
According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “a higher per cent positive suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who haven’t been tested yet.

“A high per cent positive means that more testing should probably be done—and it suggests that it is not a good time to relax restrictions aimed at reducing coronavirus transmission … a high per cent positive can indicate it may be a good time to add restrictions to slow the spread of disease.”
Data from the NCDC show the country’s testing capacity still hovers between 35,000 and 45,000 weekly.

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