Experts have warned that ‘merely’ meeting people from other households gives an opportunity for the spread of COVID-19 global pandemic.
They warn that any single unnecessary contact you have with someone is a potential link in a chain of COVID-19 transmission that will lead to a vulnerable person.
So far, 1,358 people have died of COVID-19-related causes, even as Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases exceed 100,000.
The World Health Organisation warns that the current variants of COVID-19 show that the virus is doing its best to make itself more suitable to ongoing circulation within the human population, noting, “This is normal of every virus but at present, we’re helping it thrive if we don’t reduce transmission and vaccinate equitably.”
In Nigeria, some state governments have declared restriction of movements, and had also limited the number of people that may gather in one place.
For instance, Ekiti State Government has imposed a curfew from 8pm to 6am in the state.
The government also banned all gatherings of more than 20 people in the state until further notice.
The restrictions take effect from Monday, January 11, 2021.
The new guidelines were announced on Sunday by the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon Akinbowale Omole, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Omole cited the spread of COVID-19 as the reason for the new measures, adding that there’s a need for government to be proactive and take decisive steps to secure the citizens from falling prey to the second wave of the pandemic.
He advised citizens of the state to follow COVID-19 protocols by wearing their nose masks properly, wash their hands with soap, use hand sanitizer regularly and maintain social distancing.
The Commissioner stated that the curfew will be strictly enforced, adding that only those who are on essential services will be exempted.
He said gatherings which have now been restricted to 20 people are also to follow COVID-19 protocols.
Concerning religious worship, Omole said the government allows for two services to take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday accordingly and must not extend beyond 2pm.
He said worship centres must take the temperature of worshippers and must also provide soap for washing of hands and also hand sanitisers.
The Commissioner said compliance to the directives will be enforced by the State Covid-19 Response Committee.
Reacting to the unrelenting spread of the virus in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu warned, “Lagosians, COVID-19 is not a glamorous disease, neither is it a hoax. You need to follow the safety guidelines to safeguard your friends and loved ones.”
In an effort to curb the spread of the contagion in the state, the governor informed, “We have activated a new oxygen plant which will help by providing much needed oxygen to patients. The plant will supplement oxygen supply to about 300 cylinders per day and 6 cylinders per hour.
“We are working to ensure patients receive the best care at our state facilities.”
Also speaking, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said, “COVID-19 is still out there. The numbers keeps increasing by the day.
“The only way to slow the spread of the infection is to adhere strictly to safety protocols, such as wearing face mask, washing hands with soap and running water, maintaining physical distancing and staying at home if it is not necessary to go out.”
Continuing, he said studies have shown that COVID-19 spreads through droplets released when talking, coughing, sneezing or singing, warning, “Wearing masks reduces the spray of these droplets, as no one is sure of who is infected until they are tested.”
The commissioner disclosed that bed occupancy in both public and private COVID-19 Lagos care centres has increased to 51 percent, while oxygen usage is also on the increase at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.
He called on members of the public to take responsibility for avoiding infection.
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