Nigeria warns citizens against travelling, receiving visitors from US, UK, France, over covid-19 upsurge
London, Oct. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has warned Nigerians to take great precautions while travelling or planning to receive travellers from the United States of America, United Kingdom, India, Russia and France over rising cases of covid-19
The global cases of COVID-19 rose by a record 400,000 cases on October 16 with 43 per cent of all the cases occurring in Europe, especially in the UK and France.
The top five countries in new cases reported in the last 24 hours are India (55,511); USA (44,941); France (29,837); UK (16,982) and Russia (15,099).
The Presidential Task Force also warned #EndSARS protesters against contracting and spreading the virus while gathering to protest against the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.
The calls were made at the PTF’s media briefing in Abuja on Monday.
The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, while answering a question on the protests, said, “On the impact of what has been going on and incidence of (having) new COVID-19 infections in the country, we are monitoring the situation in terms of testing closely.
“We will continue to urge all – the young, the old, and the vulnerable – to please be careful. Any mass gathering of any sort is an event amplifying the situation for COVID-19. And COVID-19 is still very much around with us, we don’t want to get infected and carry the infection to our loved ones, especially those at home that might be vulnerable.”
The task force’s chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, also corroborated Aliyu’s position.
The SGF, who urged the #EndSARS protesters to harken to the invitation to dialogue, emphasising that non-compliance with the non-pharmaceutical protocols were risky adventures that must be avoided.
“We urge everyone who has been exposed unduly to large gathering to get tested and/or report any signs of the symptoms of COVID-19,” he said.
Mustapha also noted that the global cases of COVID-19 rose by a record 400,000 cases on October 16 with 43 per cent of all the cases occurring in Europe, especially in the UK and France.
“It is important to take precaution when planning to travel or receive travellers from these countries,” he said.
He however said Nigeria was on the path to winning the war against the virus.
Mustapha said, “The PTF continues to monitor developments in-country and around the world so as to improve on its activities and its decisions.”
He said 4,876 patients recovered and were discharged which represents a 388 per cent increase when compared with 967 people discharged in the previous week.