The Director – General , Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , Dr Chike Ihekweazu , has said that the COVID – 19 transmission would rise with the reopening of schools and airports .
He , therefore, warned against complacency and the belief that infection rates were declining .
Speaking on Monday during a media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 in Abuja , the DG said only Lagos, Federal Capital Territory , Ogun and Kano states had been consistently carrying out a high volume of testing .
Specifically , Ihekweazu said testing rates had declined drastically in Taraba, Adamawa , Kogi, Nasarawa , Niger , Kebbi, Zamfara , Jigawa and Yobe states .
The DG observed that Nigerians were not responding to the plea to come out for testing , adding that the testing needed to be sustained in order to combat the pandemic .
He added , “ I am very confident about what is going on in Lagos, FCT , Ogun and probably Kano and a few other states . Having said that , it doesn’ t mean they should let down their guards completely .
“ In fact , with schools and airports opening , we have to increase the level of our testing because inevitably , there would be more transmission . So, how are you able to mitigate the impact of that moving forward, given that we have learnt so much about this virus in the last few months . ”