Countries in Africa have recorded about 500,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a period of one month, spanning between July and August, 2020.
According to Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the pandemic also increased by 8 million globally between the said period.
He said, ”Basically, the report is capsulation of how we have come from where we started and we have looked at the last one month.
”We have realized that there has been a global increase in terms of infections, we looked at the global statistics,” he said.
Mustapha observed that by the July 4, the number of infections globally was about 10 million but within a period of one month, from the July 4 to Aug. 4, there was an increase of almost eight million.
He added that the figure went up to 18 plus million.
”Similarly in Africa, by the 4th of July, we had about 300,000 infections but by Aug. 4, it rose to over 800,000.
”Similarly in Nigeria, by the July 4, we had about 28,000 infections but by yesterday, we had about 44,000.
”So, all over the world the figures have increased. What message does that convey to us as a people and as a nation? That we are not out of the woods.
”The pandemic is on, the virus is ravaging and you know cumulatively, with the increase in the numbers there are increase in fatalities.
”On the African continent, if you look at what is happening in South Africa, the figures have gone beyond half a million infections,” he said.
Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Federal Governmento of Nigeria made the comment while delivering report by the Coronavirus committe which he heads.
Meanwhile, the toll has hit 44,890 as the Nigerian Centre for Disease and Control, NCDC, reported 457 new cases Wednesday night.
Also secondary schools in Nigeria have reopened in preparation for the SS3 students who would start their West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) on August 17.