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COVID-19: Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, FCT, 3 other states on red alert to halt increasing cases

By Dan-Maryam Zayamu

Six states including Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau  and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)  have been placed on red alert by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), following the confirmation of the Delta variant and the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
This is also in an effort to prevent the third wave of the pandemic which is fast looming.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation/Chairman Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha,  in Abuja, Sunday, the PSC expressed concern over the confirmation of the Delta Variant of COVID-19 and the rising number of infections and hospitalization in the country.
The PSC, however, warned all states of the federation to  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, the PSC said, are critical as the country began to see worrisome early signs of increasing cases.
“The PSC shall continue to minimize the risk of importation of Variants of Concern into the country by strengthening Surveillance at all Points of Entry (POE), enforcing extant quarantine protocols and sustaining the current restrictive measures against travelers arriving from India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa,” the statement noted.  
While urging  all state governments and religious leaders to be mindful of the potential for wider spread of the virus during large gatherings, the PSC, therefore, recommended the decentralization of Eid Prayer to neighborhood Friday Prayer Mosques (outdoor);  suspension of Durbar activities; and observation of limitations on all Indoor gatherings.
The PSC, while felicitating with the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, called on Nigerians and all residents to stay safe, always.

Written by ExpressDay

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