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Chairman  of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha has stated some factors that contributed to the recent spike in infections in Nigeria.

Speaking on Monday January 11 during a media briefing in Abuja, He stated that the reopening of schools and religious centres without adherence to safety protocols contributed to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.

Mustapha expressed:

It is however very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rise in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities, reopening of schools without strict compliance with COVID-19 safety measures.

Earlier in December, there has been a spike in coronavirus cases across Africa’s most populous country, an indication that the country had entered the second wave of the pandemic.

According to PremiumTimes, one in every six persons (16 per cent) tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria in the past two weeks tested positive, indicating how fast the virus is spreading.

Health experts believe the lowering of guard on safety and the weak enforcement of protocols especially in the country’s major airports in Abuja and Lagos could be responsible for the development. They warn that the situation could get worse if citizens keep violating safety protocols.

The federal government recently warned that a significant increase in COVID-19 infections in Nigeria  this January is due to the violation of safety protocols during the festive period.

In respect to this, federal authorities have ordered the reopening of all isolation and treatment centres.

FG has reintroduced new restrictions to check the spread of the virus, including the closure of bars and nightclubs and limiting the number of people allowed in a public gathering.

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