Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of PSC

Public Safety: Government urges Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols

*Boss Mustapha, Chairman of Nigeria’s Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, has restated the mandatory use of nose masks remains one of the existing measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to recent confirmation of more cases of the Delta variant of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in several states of the Federation, Nigeria’s Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has called on political parties, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIEC) to ensure strict compliance with all COVID-19 protocols while conducting political events.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of PSC, in a statement Friday, July 30, in Abuja, FCT, said the development followed the confirmation of more cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the rising number of infections across the country.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), emphasised that mass gatherings serve as super-spreader events for the propagation of COVID-19 infection in communities.

According to him, such events must be carefully controlled to ensure maximum public safety in terms of the risk of transmitting the virus among the vulnerable population.

He stated: “The PSC wishes to reiterate the significance of the publicised INEC policy on the conduct of political events and the Code of Conduct for Voters and Political Parties within the context of COVID-19.

“The PSC, therefore, cautions all political parties to institute public health and social measures in all locations where political events will occur,” he said.

The PSC chairman also restated that the mandatory use of face masks is one of the measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Persons without face masks should not be allowed access to the venues.

“Hand hygiene facilities including soap and water/hand sanitisers should be made available for people before gaining access to the venues.

“Enclosed venues should be adequately ventilated and must not exceed 50 per cent of venue capacity (minimum of 2 metres should be observed among people at the gathering),” said Mustapha.

ConsumerConnect reports the West African country has continued to record high daily cases of the Coronavirus infection in the past weeks, according to statistics by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Likewise, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that the SARS-CoV-2, also known as lineage B.1.617.2., the Delta variant, is the ‘most transmissible variant’ of the damaging disease.

The variant, WHO stated, is responsible for the spike in about 132 countries across the world where it has been reported thus far.

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