Nigeria places 6 states, FCT on red alert over raging COVID-19 third wave

*The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 warns that all states of the Federation should heighten their level of preparedness and continue to enforce all protocols in view of the reported greater ease of spread of the Delta variant of the pandemic

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to confirmation of the Delta variant of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the recent increasing number of infections and hospitalisation in the country, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has put six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on red alert.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of PSC and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in a statement at the weekend said the decision was taken in view of the confirmation of the Delta variant of the damaging virus, which is said to be highly devastating and transmissible, besides the rising number of infections and hospitalisation in the country in recent weeks.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of PSC and Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Mustapha noted “The states are: Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and the FCT.

“The PSC, however, warns that all states of the Federation should heighten their state of preparedness and continue to enforce all protocols put in place, given the renowned greater ease of spread of the Delta variant.

“These steps are critical as we begin to see worrisome early signs of increasing cases in Nigeria.”

The Chairman of PSC stated: “The PSC shall continue to minimise the risk of importation of Variants of Concern into the country by strengthening Surveillance at all Points of Entry (POEs), enforcing extant quarantine protocols, and sustaining the current restrictive measures against travellers arriving from India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.”

On the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Committee urged all state governments and religious leaders to be mindful of the potential for wider spread of the virus at large gatherings.

He said: “The PSC, therefore, recommends the following preventive measures for a safe Eid-el-Kabir celebration: a) Decentralisation of Eid Prayer to neighborhood Friday Prayer Mosques (outdoor); b) Suspension of Durbar activities; and c) Observation of limitations on all Indoor gatherings.

According to Mustapha, Nigerians and all residents are reminded to stay safe, always.

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