Plateau has been named Nigeria’s COVID-19 pandemic’s epicenter, with 85 confirmed cases as of Thursday night. More than 25 people statewide have died, and about 2,000 people have been diagnosed.
Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed the update at a press briefing in Abuja, stating that the epicentre of the dreaded virus has shifted from states such as Lagos, Kano, Ogun and Oyo to Plateau State.
Mustapha said since six months ago that the country recorded its index case of coronavirus from Lagos State, “Nigeria has done remarkably well, but could do exceedingly better.”
He said, “The PTF would also like to draw our attention to a subtle change in the epicentre of the virus. We all recall that Lagos, Kano and Ogun states were the initial epicentres and then to Oyo at a time, it is now Plateau State.
“As mentioned by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health and a notable COVID-19 warrior, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos has passed its peak, but we call for vigilance and cautious optimism because the scourge is not over yet.”
The task force’s National Coordinator, , said there were not many coronavirus-related deaths in Nigeria compared to some other parts of the world because of its youthful population.
He explained that COVID-19 primarily affected the elderly people above the age of 65, which constituted only about three per cent of the Nigerian population, compared to Italy with 21 per cent and the United Kingdom with 18 per cent.
He said, “The main reason we are not seeing the number of deaths that we are seeing outside the country is really because of the demographic nature of Nigeria.
“As I have said in the past, we have a youth surge; only three per cent of the population are above the age of 65, compared to 21 per cent of the Italian population and 18 per cent of the UK population.”
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