The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) says in the last 4 weeks there has been a decline in the number of COVID-19 infections in 10 states in Nigeria noting that while there is increase in 4 states they cannot ascertain whether there is a decline or increase in the cases of COVID-19 infection in 21 other States.
The Director General NCDC Dr. Chike Ihekweazu represented by the Director Health Emergency Department and Response Dr. John Oladejo disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja.
According to him, the four states with the increase in case load include Kano, Kaduna, FCT and Gombe State as they have not experienced a decline in cases of COVID-19 infections in recent times.
Dr. Oladejo said efforts are being made in these four States to ensure that response activities as well as surveillance work is actually been done in those states.
He said as of October 16, 2021, they have recorded a total number of 209,158 cases adding that a total of 3,194 435 test has been conducted so far with 9265 active cases, 197,089 discharge and 2804 deaths
He said that there is increase in the test positivity rate from 3.5% in week 40 to 3.7% in week 41.
He said in time of proportionate contribution of cases, though there is a decline in case load, Lagos is still leading in the contribution to the number of cases to the whole cases the country has followed by Rivers, Anambra, Plateau and Edo.
Speaking on the Genemics Surveillance as it relates to Africa Dr. Oladejo said the total sequence of loaded GIZ from Africa is 49,284 viral Genos.
He said South Africa is Leading with 21,057, Kenya 3,569, Nigeria 2,769, Ghana 1,436, and Egypt 1,046.
Dr. Oladejo who also spoke on health care workers infections data, said as at March 2020, the total number of cases is 3,382 with the highest cases in FCT whereby others have one cases each which include Oyo, Enugu, Kano, Katsina.
He said international travels Protocol has been revised as Nigeria have removed Brazil, Turkey and South Africa from the list of the restricted countries.
He said “we need negative covid 19 test result to be conducted not more than 48 hours before boarding for anybody that is coming into the country”
He added that there are no self isolation for fully facilitated inbound passengers and that result of covid 19 PCR test has to be present on day 2 of arrival.