Coronavirus: FG tracing 12,000 contacts, says NCDC DG

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Friday said about 12,000 contacts were being traced across the country for COVID-19 sample and testing.

Speaking at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, Ihekweazu said Nigerians must learn to refrain from stigmatising persons infected because everybody was vulnerable.

He said, “We are at the beginning of a journey and until we have a vaccine, we will need to learn to live with COVID-19 in our country. If we start stigmatising each other, I don’t know where to stop because the same group stigmatising one group will end up being infected tomorrow.

“In terms of the number of contact tracing, every day there are new cases and new contacts but cumulatively, there are 12,000 contacts across the country.”

The DG of the NCDC ruled out setting up sample collection centres in markets across Nigeria, saying however that if there were evidence of rise in cases in any market, the NCDC would take the appropriate action.

He noted, “We are driven by evidence and if we see increasing transmission in the market, we will go to that market but we are not going to set up a stand in every market across Nigeria to collect samples. We look at the date to make decision but if we have to go to the market, we will do that exactly.”

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