The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has hinted on quick coronavirus mutations developing in different countries.
On Monday, May 10, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC Director-General made this disclosure during a Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) briefing in Abuja.
Ihekweazu explained that these mutations yield new variants and those variants are responsible for the rapid increase in the number of infections as it has occurred in many countries.
He said,”The virus changes, the more it’s transmitted, the more it develops more mutations, the more it develops the capacity to move from one individual to the other.”
Ihekweazu disclosed that Nigerians should look at the curves in other countries.
“What that tells us is that, if we’re to face a situation like that, we’ll not have the time to prepare,” he said.
“We have to use the opportunity the virus gives us now to prepare while also trying to prevent it.
“To do that, we’ve to understand what happens within the virus by consistently testing people.
“We’ve sustained our testing effort to between 30,000 and 40,000 tests a week and the 2 million mark a little bit later than we anticipated is still good progress.”
He said, “We’ve now sequenced about 700 across the country, not enough but a fair bit, given how complex it’s to do that.
“I want to thank our colleagues at the African Centre for Genomics in Ede, who have been supporting the country on sequencing.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government had announced Phase IV of the COVID-19 lockdown across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as reported by Instablog9ja.
The Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Dr. Mukhtar Mohammed, who made the announcement on Monday in Abuja, said the new directive is to take effect by midnight of Tuesday, May 11.
With the lockdown imposed, mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time. Access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask while government meetings and travels have been limited to the virtual platform.