The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has warned Nigerians to stay put in their respective states, ahead of the 2021 Muslim Eid-el-Kabir celebrations next week.
NCDC Head of Risk Communications Division, Dr Yahya Disu, handed down the warning on Wednesday during Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily breakfast show monitored by The PUNCH.
Disu said the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic started in Nigeria because people traveled for Christmas last December. He, therefore, urged Nigerians to avoid unnecessary trips as Sallah celebrations hold next week.
According to Punch, Delta COVID-19 variant in Nigeria, experts warned against a fresh lockdown, stating that imposing a new lockdown would have devastating impacts on the economy.
Disu said, “More importantly, Sallah is coming when people just travel and that makes the risk higher in villages, in different parts of the country. So, we need to warn people: they don’t need to travel if it is not necessary, you can celebrate where you are. During Sallah, we go to mosque in large numbers but this is the time we need to be very cautious.
“We are working with the religious organizations. The second wave in Nigeria started because of Christmas because people traveled for Christmas.
So, we can avoid it, we can learn from it. A life that we lost is very important for every one of us, it could be anybody. So, it is not worth it to lose a life because we want to celebrate Sallah or Christmas.”
Nigeria has recorded over 168,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 2,100 associated deaths since the index case of the virus was reported in the country in March 2020, according to statistics by NCDC who continues to urge Nigerians to maintain social distancing and hygiene practices as well as use masks in public to prevent transmission of the lethal virus which has been identified to move through droplets.
Still, on the Third Wave of the COVID-19 surge, the University of Lagos has officially confirmed Positive Cases of Covid-19 among several students and Staff members (Read full details here).