Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, has stated that most of the recent cases of coronavirus infection in the country came from six states accounting for 84 per cent in the past week. The minister said this while delivering his speech at the presidential task force Covid-19 press briefing on Monday.
According to Ehanire, 1,235 cases were confirmed and the states with the most cases of infection in this number were Kaduna, Lagos, Oyo, Plateau and Ogun states with the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He said, “Of 1,235 confirmed cases reported in 22 states in the past week, Kaduna, Lagos, FCT, Oyo, Plateau and Ogun accounted for over 84 per cent.”
He also said that eight states were properly accounted for given the rate of testing in those states. “Eight states account for 72% of confirmed cases, because they are testing and reporting steadily.”
The minister also announced that the government was committed to increase testing rates across the country which will, in turn, serve to help their dream of reducing the fatality rate to below one per cent.
So far there has been a case fatality rate of 1.76 per cent with 1,167 fatalities. The minister also emphasised the importance of adhering to COVID-19 safety measures.