3rd wave: Nigeria puts 6 states and FCT on red alert, recommends preventive measures for safe Eid celebration

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July 19, 2021 – Following the confirmation of the Delta Variant of COVID-19 and the rising number of infections and hospitalization in the country, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID19 (PSC), has put six States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on red alert as part of the preventive measures against a third wave of the pandemic.

The States are:

  1. Lagos,
  2. Oyo,
  3. Rivers,
  4. Kaduna,
  5. Kano,
  6. Plateau and
  7. the FCT (Abuja).

3rd wave COVID-19 deaths COVID-19 cases surge

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 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 travellers arriving from India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.

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 the wider spread of the virus during large gatherings.

The PSC, therefore, recommends the following preventive measures for a safe Eid-el-Kabir celebration:

  • Decentralization of Eid Prayer to neighbourhood Friday Prayer Mosques (outdoor);
  • Suspension of Durbar activities; and
  • Observation of limitations on all Indoor gatherings.
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Nigerians and all Residents are reminded to stay safe, always.