Fed Govt blames Christmas and New Year festivities for infections’ spike.

Federal Government has tied the unusually high turnout of a number of COVID-19 infections in the last few days to the effect of the activities during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

He noted particularly that the highest number ever recorded since the national response commenced was 1,204, which was published on Monday.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha stated these on Tuesday during the task force’s media briefing in Abuja.

He, however, expressed the hope that the numbers, the way they had been coming out in recent times, would not escalate beyond the control of the national response.

“Closely associated with that is the increasing daily numbers that we are recording. Yesterday, January 4, 2021, we recorded 1,204 infections. This was the highest daily number ever recorded since we commenced the national response.

“From our analysis, we are beginning to see the effect of activities carried out during the Christmas festivities. We can only hope that numbers will not escalate beyond control. We, however, still appeal to all citizens to take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance”, Mustapha said.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of at least one oxygen plant in each state of the federation to aid gas available for life support for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.

The SGF added that the Private Sector Coalition in the fight against COVID-19 (CACOVID) had committed to supply 100 cylinders of oxygen daily, until the end of March 2021, to critical care centres in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

According to him, all the efforts had been in a bid to save more Nigerian lives from the pangs of the dreaded infection.

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