The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has blamed youths for the rapid COVID-19 spread in the country.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC Director-General stated this during the
briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday, July
2, in Abuja.
He said youths between the ages of 20 and 40 were responsible for the
spread of COVID-19, while the majority of those who succumb to the
killer disease are older people from 50 years and above.
He said, “As more people are infected across the world, you would
have seen the numbers; it is increasingly obvious that transmission
among younger people really, not children, but people aged between 20
and 40 as far as we know, are really driving the spread of this virus,
but those that are bearing the brunt of it are people age 50 and above.
“Three out of five people who died from COVID-19 are 50 years and
above; so we have to work harder, all of us collectively, to protect our
elderly. We are on the verge of opening our airports, we have relaxed
As of July 2, there are 27,110 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the
country. 10,801 patients have been discharged and 616 deaths have been