COVID-19: PTF Advises Nigerians To Suspend Christmas Travels


The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has cautioned that a second wave of the pandemic was a lot likely, encouraging Nigerians to suspend their Christmas travels because of the danger of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, gave the admonition on Monday at the National preparation on COVID-19, in Abuja.

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“In front of the upsurge in travels for the Christmas and New Year merriments, we ask unequivocally that during the current year, such trips should be required to be postponed solidly as a result of the dangers in question. The transmission rate has just gotten cosmic,” he said.

Mustapha said that comparatively, the PTF thought that it was important to make reference to that during the Christmas and New Year merriments, huge parties ought to likewise be dodged on the grounds that there was a greater danger of COVID-19 transmission.

“New bunches of cases can arise in places that have so far been unaffected as individuals travel and accumulate for merriments. Be that as it may, we can bring down the dangers by clinging to the NPIs (Non-Pharmaceutical measures) and celebrate, securely.

“There will consistently be a lot more merry seasons to commend,” he noted.

The SGF focused on that advancement in the nation and around the globe especially in the U.S. what’s more, Europe stayed a significant wellspring of worry to the PTF.

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As per him, this is especially so on the grounds that our danger recognition is low in-nation; our consistency with Non-Pharmaceutical measures is incredibly low to the degree that Nigerians presently think COVID-19 is no more; the reaction of residents to testing and identification is low.

The danger of importation will be higher with the launch of our airspace; and the numbers in Nigeria, however showing up low in the course of the most recent fourteen days, has been rising bit by bit.

He, in any case, said the team had been assessing the consistency level of Nigerians with the conventions for testing by in-bound and out-bound travelers.

Mustapha lamented the revelation that a portion of the travelers had enjoyed introducing counterfeit records.

“A few, that have paid for post-appearance testing has neglected to appear for the tests.

“Measurements show the accompanying as at 9/11/2020: Total No of appointments: 91,522; Total No of travelers absolved: 5,470 (6per penny); Children: 1,248 (1.36 percent); Diplomats: 3,392 (3.7 percent); Evacuees: 830 (0.9 percent); Total Passengers expected to Pay: 86,052(94 percent); Paid: 46,982 (54.6 percent) ; Not Paid: 39,070(45.45 percent).

“Travelers that have shown up in-nation yet have not paid (roughly 39,000); Amount paid to private labs by travelers who have wouldn’t take the post-appearance 7-day test: N220 – N270 million.

“The PTF is finishing up steps to work with significant foundations and lawful specialists to force suitable assents on those that default on the conventions. The Port Health Services will expand more on this,” he focused

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