The Federal Government on Thursday said it was concerned about the spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, which increased from 4,641 on May 11 to 14,554 on Thursday night.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, at the PTF press conference in Abuja, said that the 663 cases recorded on Tuesday, the highest in a single day, were disturbing.
The PTF chairman also disclosed that he would on Thursday night begin a series of video conferences with some governors appointed by the National Economic Council. He said he would also meet security agencies towards ensuring compliance with guidelines aimed at checking further spread of the disease.
Mustapha said this as the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed that 39 per cent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country were symptomatic, while 61 per cent were asymptomatic.
Based on the minister’s disclosure, 5,410 (39 per cent) of the 13,873 recorded as of Wednesday night were symptomatic, while 8,462 (61 per cent) were asymptomatic.
Symptomatic patients show symptoms of the virus such as fever, coughing and sneezing, while those who are asymptomatic do not develop any symptoms.
As of Wednesday, Nigeria had recorded 13,873 coronavirus infections, with 382 deaths, while 4,351 patients had been treated and discharged.