The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has encouraged Nigerians to say thanks to God for the nation’s low death rate being recorded after the network spread of the dangerous Coronavirus pandemic.
“We should remain grateful to God why the mortality is not very, very high – is a thing that it should be subject of even study because we have the same climatic environment with countries like South American countries like Brazil.
“Thee rate of mortality in other countries falls within the bracket of about five-point-something while ours is about two-point-four and two-point-five per cent mortality.
“The age bracket in Nigeria is between 31 and 40, years and that is a very, very active age. “Those are the ones that within the percentage of about 80 per cent can wither the infections; some will show mild symptoms and not take ill severely.
“The 20 per cent that is remaining from that are those that are likely to fall sick and five per cent of the 20 per cent are likely to be critically ill that they would require even the level of oxygenation and ventilation,’’ he added.
“PTF has identified 18 Local Governments out of the 774 local governments that are considered to be high-burdened with this infection, they account for 60 per cent of the 24, 077 infections,’’ he added.
Mustapha was accompanied by Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, the Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu and the Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.