Covid-19: Why Nigeria has low mortality rate – PTF

SGF, Boss Mustapha

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau

The Chairman of Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Boss Mustapha on Monday revealed why Nigeria has maintained a low mortality rate inspite of daily increase in the number of people testing positive for the dreaded virus.

Mustapha explained that compared to other countries with similar climatic characteristics, the mortality rate of the disease is low in Nigeria due to the age bracket of most of those infected by the virus.

The PTF Chairman stated this after he led his team to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress of the national response to the pandemic at the presidential villa, Abuja on Monday.

Speaking to State House Correspondents, he said 80% of the infections were in the age bracket of 31 to 40 years, which he described as a very active part of the population.

According to him, “even when they have the infection, they are able to surmount it because of their level of energy”.

He however added that the PTF was worried about the remaining 20% as he said nobody knows who may become victim among them.

Said he,”everything was being done to protect the vulnerable such as the elderly and those with underlying illnesses”.

Mustapha also hinted that government may introduce precision lockdown for pinpoint management of coronavirus hotspots.

According to him, “18 out of the 774 local governments in the country have been identified as responsible for 60% of the confirmed cases in the country”.

“The reason for the precision lockdown will be to place specific measures in certain places especially by state governments to enable aggressive testing for the disease and management”, he concluded.

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