The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, say 95 to 98 percent of coronavirus patients will recover irrespective of medical intervention, depending on where they are.
“Many patients are asymptomatic and will recover,” he said in Abuja on Wednesday at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“The only reason we are keeping them in isolation and treatment centres is to prevent transmission to others as much as possible. Five to 15 percent depending, on where they are, will become severely ill and some will, unfortunately, pass away,” he added.
He warned that every state of the federation is at a high risk of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “So the idea that moving from one state to another qualifies you to be at higher risk really is no longer the case.
“The measures recommended globally are the same measure we recommend for everyone. Therefore, whatever measures we have to do, we have to do it collectively, whether you are in the North, South, East or West.”
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said the renewed efforts by the NCDC to do more aggressive testing were also responsible for the increased cases recorded.