The Presidential Working Group (PTF) for COVID-19 said Thursday that positive cases had risen 100 percent in the past seven days.
She accused passengers who arrived in the country of spreading the virus.
PTF said that out of 20,208 incoming passengers last week, 270 were tested positive.
It was explained that only about 60 percent of those to be tested presented themselves to be tested.
Speaking during the PTF briefing, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said: “The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to increase, which gives cause for concern. On December 23, 2020, we recorded 1,133 confirmed cases and five deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 80,922 out of 912,114 samples tested. 1236 people lost their lives due to the disease.
“We are also recording an increase in the number of passengers entering the country. Last week, the number of arriving passengers increased to 20,208 compared to 15,805 the previous week. 270 passengers tested positive after seven days compared to 129 the previous week. This represents a more than 100 percent increase over the previous week.
“Our records show that only about 60 percent of those who took the test presented themselves at the test. The implication of this is that many who have the virus could spread it in the community without even knowing it.
“I invite all those who arrived in the country to isolate themselves and present themselves on the test on the seventh day.” You will save a lot of lives. The life you save may be the life of your loved one. “
Presented by the State Minister of Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, added: “We held a strategic review workshop on 21 and 22 December 2020 to review support oversight activities and reports as part of our response to strengthening case management Covid19 cases. We will ensure that standards are maintained in operations and activities in isolation centers, including training, logistics and supply and data management.
“In addition, a strong coordination meeting was held on Thursday, December 23, 2020, with executive directors of federal tertiary hospitals and team leaders for state isolation centers, as part of efforts to ensure coordination in case management in all isolation centers across the state.”