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Coronavirus: PTF Reveals Number Of LGAs Under ‘Serious Watch’



Coronavirus: PTF Reveals Number Of LGAs Under 'Serious Watch'

The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 says eleven Local Government Areas (LGAs) will be under close watch as community transmission of coronavirus spreads.

Naija News reports that the PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, who made this comment on Monday, added that the PTF WILL  focus local interventions on the 11 high burden councils.

According to the PTF, the LGAs under ‘serious watch‘ were selected based on the number of infections, weekly percentage rise in cases, and percentage of positive tests.

The PTF National Coordinator said: “If you do a COVID-19 test in a state, some have a positivity rate of 40 to 50 per cent. That means that you are under-testing.

“Ideally, if the percentage of positivity is less than 10 per cent, it means you are testing adequately.

“When we look at these figures, we combine the three criteria to come up with a number of local government areas that fulfil the requirements.

“At the moment, we have identified 11 local government areas across the country, which we will start working on first. We expect this to change over time as the numbers change.

“New local government areas will be added and hopefully others will be dropped along the way.

“That is the strategy we are applying in terms of local interventions.”