COVID-19: FG raises red flag, ask states to shelve eid durbar

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Ahead of this year’s Eid-el-Adha, the Federal Government has urged northern governors, emirs and other stakeholders to suspend the Durbar activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman Presidential Steering Committee  on COVID-19 Boss Mustapha gave the advise after pacing six states and the Federal Capital Territory  on red alert in the wake of the resurgence of coronavirus infections. The affected states are Lagos, Plateau, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna and Kano.

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The Durbar is one of the major activities marking eid celebration or for special occasions especially in the north with colourful parades of procession of the emirs, their entourage and others on horses.

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“The PSC warns that all states of the federation should heighten their state of preparedness and continue to enforce all protocols put in place, given the renowned greater ease of spread of the Delta variant. These steps are critical as we begin to see worrisome early signs of increasing cases in Nigeria,” Mustapha said.

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He said that the recommendation followed the confirmation of the Delta Variant of COVID-19 and the rising number of infections and hospitalisation in the country.

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“The PSC shall continue to minimise the risk of importation of variants of concern into the country by strengthening surveillance at all Points of Entry (POE), enforcing extant quarantine protocols and sustaining the current restrictive measures against travelers arriving from India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.,” he promised.

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