The  Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha (SGF)  says the President would examine the success of the 14-day lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states before taking a decision on the next step.

The SGF disclosed this during a press briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, according to him, 34 per cent of the infections are by returning travellers.

He added that 25 per cent was made up of contacts of the returnees, while 41 per cent were those whose source of infection were unknown.

“There is an indication that we are succeeding through the lockdown. The President will consider all issues in their ramifications before a decision can be taken as to where we go thereafter,” Mustapha said.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said Nigeria had reviewed its response timeframe to achieve quicker testing, result and isolation.

He said, “To improve the efficiency of the work being done, we have agreed on five targets for all the states actively involved. The targets are broad but they will be tightened every day to show that the time given by the President is worthy of the sacrifice Nigerians are making.

“The targets we are setting for teams in Abuja and Lagos are to make sure that collection of samples from individual symptomatic individuals happens within eight hours of notification of the state team.

“Secondly, the turnaround time for testing and result will be less than 24 hours. This is the case because samples come in late in the evening and result must come out the next day.

“The third one is that we plan to test 200 samples per day in Lagos and 100 in Abuja by the end of this week. The fourth one is to isolate patients in less than six hours after they have received their positive results


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