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OPINION: Two Possible Reasons Why The Updates On Covid-19 Cases Given By NCDC This August Are High

According to updates released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on their official Facebook page, there's been an increase in Covid-19 cases this August 2021.

These are the two possible reasons for the increase in Covid-9 cases this August.

1. Many people no longer obey NCDC's instructions on Covid-19

When covid-19 first entered Nigeria, measures were taken by the government to combat the virus. NCDC instructed Nigerians to move around with their face masks, avoid excessive body contact, wash their hands regularly, and many other instructions. In 2020, many people obeyed these instructions but it seems people no longer follow the instructions because they believe covid-19 has been defeated.

Many commercial buses that convey people who are travelling within a state now load their buses to fullest, even some students in the university don't obey Covid-19 rules anymore. From observations, many people use their face mask only when they visit a bank.

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All this negligence could be the reason why there's a sudden increase in covid-19 cases with regards to the high numbers released by NCDC this August.


2. The recent strike by resident doctors.

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On the 2nd of August 2021, members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) commenced a nationwide strike, sighting the delay of the government to implement some things that would help the doctors. This strike might have contributed greatly to the recent increase in covid-19 cases because some people wouldn't know if they're infected with the virus until a doctor tells them, but that's not possible because the doctors went on strike.

Covid-19 has flu-like symptoms that can easily be confused for other sicknesses, and due to the strike, some persons might have distributed the virus to others unknowingly.

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