Effects of #EndSARS protest will surface in two weeks – NCDC

Dr Chike Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, reported that the impact of #EndSARS on the coronavirus pandemic would be felt in two weeks across the world.

Ihekweazu, who revealed that the curfew imposed by state governments to stop warehouse looting and property destruction has slowed down COVID-19 research, added that out of respect for those who lost their lives as a result of the incidents of the past days, they stopped posting results on their social media handles.

The NCDC DG noted that the results are not unavoidable and also noted that to avoid them, Nigerians can still do their part.

In his words

“Forty to 60 per cent of our testing cases are reported from Lagos. Our labs in Lagos have not been able to perform as they normally would for the past two to three weeks.

“As we move into the next two weeks, it will not take a rocket scientist to know that we have to watch the numbers very carefully.

“The reasons are obvious; we have gathered in our masses for whatever reason and for now, we have to keep our eyes open for the potential consequences. Those consequences are not inevitable; we can still do our part to prevent them.

“We cannot let down our guards; we cannot afford to add this to the many challenges that we have. Many states have done well by raising their testing capacity. So, we must stay on the ball.”

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