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Plateau State now epicentre of deadly CoronaVirus pandemic – COVID-PTF raises alarm

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Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, has revealed that the current epicentre of the deadly coronavirus is Plateau State.

“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,” Mustapha stated this at the PTF press briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

The SGF noted that Nigeria has done remarkably well since six months ago when it recorded its index case in 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.”

Speaking also, Dr. Sani Aliyu, the PTF National Coordinator, noted that there were not many COVID-19 related deaths in Nigeria compared to some other parts of the world because of its youthful population.

Dr. Aliyu noted that the virus mostly affected elderly people above the age of 65, which constituted only 3% of the population, compared to Italy’s 21% and the United States 18%.

“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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