The advent of covid-19 pandemic has seen 2020 being reported as one of the most challenging year in recent time. From the health affectation to economic down turn of events various countries have had to bear the brunt in one way or the other.
Individually, a lot of people lost their job and many businesses closed down. And just when some were already becoming happy that the infection rates and it consequent death has started dropping, then comes the second wave.
In Nigeria for instance, in the last few days, the number of cases which seem to have dropped significantly over the past 2 – 3 months, has began to skyrocket again. The might not be unrelated to the fact that a lot of people no longer adhere to safety precautions such as physical distancing, wearing of facemask, washing of hands with soap, use of hand sanitizer, and self isolation for those with symptoms suggestive of covid-19.
About 77,013 cases have been confirmed, 67,484 cases have been discharged and 1,212 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory since the first case was reported in Nigeria on the 28th of February 2020
On the 18th of December 2020, 806 new confirmed cases and 11 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
On 18th of December 2020, NCDC reported 806 new cases
The 806 new cases are reported from 26 states- Lagos (287), FCT (255), Kaduna (36), Akwa Ibom (29), Katsina (25), Rivers (25), Kwara (21), Bauchi (19), Kano (15), Ondo (14), Plateau (13), Yobe (12), Nasarawa (11), Ebonyi (9), Gombe (8), Abia (7), Delta (4), Imo (4), Osun (3), Anambra (2), Borno (2), Cross River (1), Edo (1), Ekiti (1), Jigawa (1), and Ogun (1)
Consequent to the above especially regarding the second wave, precautionary measures must be taken into account or reawakened in view to curtailing this rise in the number of confirmed cases of covid-19.
Although vaccine for covid-19 is said to have been developed and some countries (developed countries) has started using it, the developing countries and underdeveloped countries who are solely dependent on help from the more advanced countries should therefore adhere to strict measures in curtailing the spread of the infection until a time when the covid-19 vaccines would be made available for everyone.