The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has predicted a spike in the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Nigeria in the next two weeks.This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, in Abuja on Monday at the joint national briefing of the task force.
Mustapha explained that the prediction was due to the total disregard for the preventive measures against the virus exhibited by thousands of Nigerians participating in the ongoing #Endsars campaign across various cities in the country.
Over the past 10 days, thousands of Nigerians,across states in the Nation came out to protest against police brutality and extra-judicial killings of the disbanded operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Mustapha said: “Truth be told, two weeks from today, if you get all the people that congregated at the Lekki toll plaza and run a test, you would establish for sure several infections.
“Any mass gathering that does not adhere to the non pharmaceutical interventions that have been put in place, which include wearing of masks, social distancing, keeping personal hygiene and avoiding mass gatherings, they become super spreader events, whether you like it or not.
“So I can say with a definitive voice that two weeks from today, get everybody that congregated in those places, not only at the Lekki toll plaza, but also the Unity Fountain in Abuja but several other places, we would definitely be contending with an increase in infections, two weeks from now, and that’s why we must be extremely careful when we congregate.”