PSC Places Abuja, 6 States On Alert As COVID-19 Surges

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Amid fears of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the confirmation of the Delta variant of the disease in Nigeria, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has put six states and Abuja on red alert.

The states are Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Confirming the Delta variant of COVID-19 in a statement, the Chairman of PSC, Mr Boss Mustapha, said the states have been put on red alert as part of the preventive measures against a third wave of the pandemic due to the rising number of infections and hospitalisations in the country.

He urged other states of the federation to increase their level of preparedness and continue to enforce all protocols to guard against the spread of the coronavirus and warned Nigerians to be mindful of the likelihood of the wider spread of the coronavirus as they celebrate Eid-el-Kabir on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mustapha who is also and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation noted that all open Eid grounds should have multiple entry and exit points with hand washing and temperature checking facilities.”

The SGF noted that the holding capacity of Eid grounds should be reduced to 50 per cent to ensure physical and social distancing.

The PSC Chairman stated that Eid prayers should not exceed one hour and called for the suspension of all Durbar activities.

He said observation of the limitations on all indoor gatherings and decentralisation of Eid prayer to neighbourhood Friday Mosques (outdoor).

The SGF also said the government would sustain the current restrictive measures against travellers from countries including India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.

“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, enforcing extant quarantine protocols and sustaining the current restrictive measures against travellers arriving from India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa,” Mustapha said.

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“The PSC felicitates with the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. It, however, urges all state governments and religious leaders to be mindful of the potential for wider spread of the virus during large gatherings.”