Omicron, Delta increase Covid-19 cases in Nigeria by 500% in 2 weeks – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), has said the country recorded a 500 percent increase in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases over the last two weeks due to Delta and Omicron variants.

To this end, the NCDC has launched its yuletide season campaign tagged: #CelebrateResponsibly, as part of the #TakeResponsibility campaign, which began in February 2020.

It stated that as of December 19, 2021, a total of 223,887 cases and 2985 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria across all 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).

Disclosing this in a press statement issued on Monday, the Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, who explained that the #CelebrateResponsibly campaign focuses specifically on measures Nigerians need to take to protect themselves and loved ones from Covid-19 during the festive period, declared that the country is now in the fourth Covid-19 wave.

Adetifa said the Federal Government, through the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as NCDC and its partners, are therefore intensifying risk communication efforts to remind Nigerians of the risk they face and need to take collective responsibility to reduce transmission of the virus.

He urged Nigerians to adhere to recommended measures by NCDC and other public health authorities, as they celebrate Christmas and New Year.

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