The Nigerian Government on Thursday restricted indoor religious congregation to 50 percent with full compliance to public health measures.
On Tuesday, December 20, 201, Nigeria recorded 2,123 new COVID-19 infections, the highest daily case tally in the country since January 27, 2021.
While on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, the number rose to 4,035 cases across the country according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
A press statement by the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, PSC, Boss Mustapha, said, “The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 recognizes the importance of the Christmas and New Year celebrations for most Nigerians. As we prepare to celebrate with our families and loved ones, it is important that we do so safely by taking the necessary precautionary measures to stop the further spread of COVID-19 in our country.
“The PSC wishes to remind Nigerians that we are now experiencing the 4th wave COVID-19 as new cases have continued to rise in the country. This is the result of a mix of very low vaccination coverage, increased travels and movements, reduced compliance to public health social measures and highly transmissible Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant now circulating in the country.”
Consequently, the statement added, “Indoor religious congregation should be limited to 50 percent capacity with full compliance to public health social measures; face masks and hand sanitisers should be used at all times regardless of vaccination status while in public spaces.
“Families are advised to limit the number of visitors to their homes and put in place precautionary safety measures. Any gathering in the excess of 50 people should be done in open spaces with physical distancing.
“Avoid non-essential interstate travel at this period as this increases the risk of spreading infection from one place to another. People who intend to travel are encouraged to take a rapid COVID-19 test to confirm status as many infected persons are asymptomatic.
“Ensure that you have taken the full dose of COVID-19 vaccination including the booster dose to reduce your risk of severe infection and death in case of exposure to COVID-19.”