The Taraba State Commissioner for Health and Chairman of the COVID-19 Committee, Dr Innocent Vakkai has disclosed that the 24 new cases of the coronavirus as announced by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in the last 24 hours was as a result of community spread of the virus.
Brandnewsday learned that the technical committee on COVID-19 made this known in the state capital, Jalingo on while addressing the press on Wednesday, noted that the 24 new cases were contacts of those who tested positive earlier.
Chairman of the Committee and state Commissioner for Health, however, disclosed that the new cases were accumulated results and not recorded in a single day.
He emphasized concerns over public disregard to the precautionary measures outlined to avoid the spread of the virus.
According to him, “some of the reasons for the rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases is the attitude of the citizens and their non-compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines.”
He, however, called on residents of the state to quit playing with these measures, adding that the pandemic is not yet over. He further mentioned that the state has so far tested over 500 samples since the start of the pandemic, of which only 54 positive cases were recorded.