Nigerian Government Mulls Fresh Lockdown, Restricts Religious Gatherings To 50% Capacity

The Federal Government has warned that it may be forced to issue restrictions on gatherings and impose curfews if the current surge in the number of COVID-19 cases continues.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this in a statement yesterday.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had recently said the nation recorded a 500 percent increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks as a result of the Delta and Omicron variants. 

The SGF yesterday stressed that Nigeria’s healthcare system was already overburdened.

He urged Nigerians to celebrate responsibly by taking the necessary precautionary measures during the Christmas and New Year holiday seasons.

He said Nigeria experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus as new cases had continued to rise owing to “a mix of very low vaccination coverage, increased travels and movements, reduced compliance to public health social measures and highly transmissible Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant now circulating in the country.”

He said: “Avoid activities that involve mass gathering especially in enclosed spaces, as follows; Families are advised to limit the number of visitors to their homes and put in place precautionary safety measures; any gathering in excess of 50 people should be done in open spaces with physical distancing.

“Indoor religious congregation should be limited to 50 percent capacity with full compliance to public health social measures; and Face masks and hand sanitizers should be used at all times regardless of vaccination status while in public spaces.

“Avoid non-essential interstate travel at this period as this increases the risk of spreading infection from one place to another. People who intend to travel are encouraged to take a rapid COVID-19 test to confirm status as many infected persons are asymptomatic.”

He asked citizens to take the full dose of COVID-19 vaccine and the booster dose to reduce your risk of severe infection and death in case of exposure to COVID-19. 

 Meanwhile, Director-General, NCDC, Ifedayo Adetifa, said the omicron variant was responsible for the increase in cases in the country in the last few weeks.

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