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FG blames Nigerian youths on COVID-19 spread, predicts multiplied cases



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On Thursday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said youths between the ages 20 and 40 were responsible for the spread of COVID-19, while the majority of those bearing the brunt are older people from 50 years and above, TopNaija reports.


The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who stated this on Thursday in Abuja, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, cautioned against undue and unrestrained social activities.

He said, “As more people are infected across the world, you would have seen the numbers; it is increasingly obvious that transmission among younger people really, not children, but people aged between 20 and 40 as far as we know, are really driving the spread of this virus, but those that are bearing the brunt of it are people age 50 and above.

“Three out of five people who died from COVID-19 are 50 years and above; so we have to work harder, all of us collectively, to protect our elderly. We are on the verge of opening our airports, we have relaxed intercity travel.”

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Ihekweazu asked the people not to go on social visits which might further the spread of the virus. The NCDC said it had published new guidelines and advisory for vulnerable people, and urged Nigerians to read it.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has declared that coronavirus cases in Nigeria will increase. Secretary to the Government (PTF) of the Federation and Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, said this at a media briefing on Thursday.

According to Mustapha, the ease in restrictions would jerk up infections. Mustapha appealed to Nigerians not to assume that the relaxation meant that the battle against COVID-19 was over.

“One significant observation the PTF wishes to make is that new rises in cases are to be expected as nations start to ease restrictions. We shall, however, proceed with caution and we shall not hesitate to change course when the need arises”

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