Nigeria Bans Mass Gatherings Following A Spike In Covid -19 Cases

Nigeria on Monday introduced new lockdown restrictions including a ban on mass gatherings, after a spike in COVID-19 cases in some countries.

Although Nigeria has seen a steady decline in new cases of the virus in recent months, the surges in India, Brazil and Turkey has raised fears of a third wave of the pandemic in Africa’s most populous nation.

Mukhtar Mohammed of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) told reporters in Abuja that, despite existing travel restrictions on Brazil, India and Turkey, there was a need to take urgent action.

This is due, he said, to Nigerians’ non-compliance with the safety and health guidelines in place.

The beefed-up measures are designed “to mitigate the risk of a spike in new cases while the nationwide vaccine rollout continues,” Mohammed added.




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