- COVID19: We are looking for 6,000 contacts – NCDC
- COVID-19: Millions may die in Africa – UN chief
The Nigerian Federal Goverment claims it has begun the immediate cash transfer to poorest households in the country in a way to support them as the country try to fight coronavirus.
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The Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq, made this known via a press conference in Abuja. She said her ministry has commenced advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households in the country.
According to the minister; “In Mr. President’s speech, paragraph 54, he directed that the conditional cash transfer should be given in advance of two months. This we have also done. We have directed immediate cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country.
“Because of this COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have to expanded, because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wage, so we are also going to look at those groups of people to see how we can get this food relief intervention to them in this period.” she said
Lagos and Abuja are currently on lockdown as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus. As of this morning, Nigeria has 131 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.
COVID19: We are looking for 6,000 contacts – NCDC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is trying to identify 6,000 people who have had close contact with coronavirus cases.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of NCDC, disclosed this on Monday when he appeared on Channels Television.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, currently has over 110 cases.
Ihekweazu said the numbers are expected to keep rising, but assured that the NCDC was on top of the situation.
“We expect cases of COVID19 to rise as we improve the capacity to detect and test. Our laboratories are activated to function 24/7.
“We appeal to Nigerians to work with us in compliance with the measures instituted by the President,” he said.
Ihekweazu noted that Nigeria has been lucky not to have had too many severe cases.
He disclosed that the NCDC has currently tested well over 2,000 people and has also increased the number of laboratories in its network.
Dr, Chikwe lamented that the agency was being bogged down by people who do not require the test.
“So we have to manage demand. We have to focus on those who need it the most.”
He confirmed that the duration between testing and results depends on several factors.
“But it is between 24 to 48 hours. Our target is to get results out in 12 hours,” the NCDC boss added.
COVID-19: Millions could die in – UN chief
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he fears “millions and millions” of coronavirus cases in Africa, where the youth will not be spared. He called on wealthy countries to help the developing world, for their own sake.
Guterres told RFI that Africa should be the priority of the international community as the continent does have the resources to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Ninety percent of the cases are in the G20 countries which hold 80 percent of the global economy. They shouldn’t be working alone, each in their corner, but in a coordinated manner to find treatments and vaccines to put at the world’s disposal,” he said.
Guterres says at least three trillion US dollars, around 10 percent of the world’s GDP, is needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus for vulnerable countries in the Global South.
He backed French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for the international community to make the African continent its top priority.
“This is not a financial crisis like in 2008,” he said.
According to figures published by the African Union, there are 3,924 cases of Covid-19 in Africa and 117 recorded deaths across 46 countries.
“Africa is in urgent need of test kits, masks, ventilators, protective suits for health workers,” said Guterres. “We can still prevent the worst in Africa but without a massive mobilisation we will have millions and millions of people contaminated, which means millions of deaths,” adding that Africa’s booming youth population will not be spared.
Coronavirus mutating According to Guterres, the risk of the coronavirus mutating is higher given the fast rate at which it is spreading globally.
“As the virus mutates, all the investment we are putting into vaccines will be for nothing because the virus will then travel from the South back to the North. So it is in the interest of countries in the North to help the South,” he told RFI.
He added that the G20 could coordinate aid towards Africa, in terms of health supplies, medical treatments and financial packages.