The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that the Lagos and Gombe State have recorded more Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections this month.
According to the NCDC, a total of 132 new samples have tested positive for the virus in 11 states across the country. Meanwhile, Lagos recorded the most cases with 52 new infections, while Gombe with 27 infections.
While the country is still battling with the pandemic, the NCDC also disclosed that only 56, 388 cases of people who have tested positive for the virus have been confirmed, while 44,337 have recovered. Moreover, out of the 56, 388 reported cases, only 185 people were discharged, adding that one more new death was recorded on Monday, increasing the death toll to 1,083.
Furthermore, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has urged the citizens to continue and adhere to the protocols as there is still no globally certified vaccine yet. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha disclosed that an approved vaccine may not be available till 2020. He said this while speaking during a media briefing on Monday.
“What the world still awaits is the arrival of an effective vaccine. The presidential task force updated you last week about the progress made with candidate vaccines and phases of the trials. We also assured you that Nigeria would not be left out when eventually access is needed for a safe and effective vaccine certified by global public health authorities,” he said.
The chairman of the PTF on COVID-19 also added that “Given this timeline, however, we do not expect vaccines to be available for countries probably till the second half of 2021. What this means is that we need to do more than ever before, adhere to the prescribed non-pharmaceutical interventions, and diligently avoid contracting the virus.