Published On: Mon, Aug 2nd, 2021

COVID-19: FG May Introduce Stringent Measures, Says PSC

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News Investigators/ The Chairman Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), Mr Boss Mustapha, says government will not hesitate to introduce stringent measures to protect vulnerable citizens in the country against the COVID-19 virus

Mr Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made the disclosure during the PSC briefing on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, nothing is off the table. Let me say very categorically, nothing is off the table when it comes to protecting the lives of the people of this country.

“We will not hesitate in taking measures that will be considered quite stringent. All the countries of the world are applying different measures.

“Countries that were adjudged to have successfully dealt with COVID-19 suddenly realised that they had to impose certain measures to ensure that they continue to balance lives and livelihood.

“And like I said, nothing is off the table. We’ll continue to study the situation.

“We’ve always been guided by science and facts and the experiences of other jurisdictions before we take informed decisions.

“We will continue to do that. Because it is very, very important the COVID-19 virus is novel, we will continue to understand the way it operates.

“The mutation and all manners of things, everybody is on a learning curve. Nobody has the full story until we get to such a situation where we are comfortable about the variant in the country,” he said.

Mr Mustapha pointed out that it was not only the Delta variant that was in the country but there were other variants, adding that Dr Chikwe would address at an appropriate time.

According to the SGF, So we’re dealing with a different variants and we will not hesitate to impose any kind of processes or protocols that will help protect the people of this country.

“So far, so good. We’ve tried as much as possible, in spite of the weaknesses in our health infrastructure, with the support of friends of Nigeria, donor partners, and and the resilience of our people being able to get to where we are, I believe we’ll continue to do that,”.

Also Speaking, Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, confirmed that with 32 cases of Delta Variant of the disease now in the country, the country was officially in a third wave of the pandemic.

Ihekweazu said that 80 per cent of the test conducted in Akwa Ibom state had been confirmed to be Delta variant of the deadly coronavirus.

This, he said, put the state among the eight states of Lagos, Oyo, Kaduna, Kano, Akwa-Ibom Plateau, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as states of concern.

He noted that this came after weeks of steady decline in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

On the third wave, the NCDC boss said, “you know, there’s no scientific definition of when the third wave starts or stops. So but we are seeing an increasing cases.

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