COVID-19: FG Warns Against Christmas Carols, Advises Nigerians Abroad To Stay Away


The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has encouraged Nigerians to be careful about festivities, for example, Christmas carols as the year comes to an end.

It additionally cautioned against non-essential travels similarly as it asked Nigerians abroad to remain any place they are or stand the danger of being abandoned in the nation if the public authority takes a choice on global travels.

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The call formed the subject of the addresses of the Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha; the public facilitator, Sani Aliyu; the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; and the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the week after week preparation of the team in Abuja on Monday.

Mustapha, who is additionally the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the PTF was raising its observation and testing drive to guarantee that the spread of the infection was successfully contained as the country moves toward the bubbly season.

“We will keep on reminding Nigerians that all unimportant trips should be put off this December. This is for your security and great wellbeing,” he said.

Talking on antibodies, the PTF director said while it was a huge accomplishment, it was, in any case, significant for the residents to keep on agreeing to the non-drug mediations before the immunizations would open up.

“The PTF is now chipping away at the methodology for accessing the immunization when they are accessible,” he added.

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The SGF likewise said over the previous weeks, conversations have been held about the security issues relating to the National Sports Festival planned to hold in Benin, Edo State.

He said new dates have been settled upon from the get-go in 2021 preceding which, measures would be set up to limit contaminations.

‘Try not to get back home for Christmas’

Aliyu exhorted Nigerians in the Diaspora not to think about returning home, asking them to observe Christmas and New Year any place they are.

He stated, “Nigerians outside the nation, ideally, they will remain where they are. Furthermore, for Nigerians in-nation, we will likewise remain where we are.

The public facilitator revealed that for every 1,000 travelers coming into the nation, the country records 10 positive instances of COVID-19.

He added, “If you don’t mind for this period if your travel isn’t basic, stay where you are. We are effectively debilitating Nigerians abroad from returning home this Christmas on account of COVID-19 and the number of diseases we have outside the nation.

“Thus, the message is; in the event that you would prefer not to get abandoned, in the event that you would prefer not to bring COVID-19 to your old family members in Nigeria if it’s not too much trouble stay where you are. There will be different occasions.”

At the press preparation, Ihekweazu said Christmas carols, travels, and different social events during festivities were equipped for ending up being “super spreaders” of the infection, henceforth the requirement for Nigerians to maintain a strategic distance from them however much as could reasonably be expected.

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He stated, “This is true to re-accentuate the call by the PTF that a considerable lot of the conventional gatherings that we participate in during this season, regardless of whether they are Christmas carols or celebrations, trips, family get-togethers, each of those could wind up being an over spreader occasion. Thus, we should contemplate this as we settle on our decisions.”

Ihekweazu said a travel warning has been given enumerating why both nearby and global travels must be dodged except if they are totally fundamental.

In the interim, the SGF said the public reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and security must be organized as security couldn’t be loose even while handling the infection in the nation.

Mustapha likewise noticed that the worldwide number of COVID-19 infections crossed 63 million on Sunday, 29th November 2020.

According to him, in Africa, Nigeria positioned fifth for both the most elevated combined cases and passings.

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