- Another COVID-19 scare has gripped the country due to daily rise in infection figures
- This is as the federal government on Monday ordered some of its workers to work from home
- Officially, Nigeria has 78,790 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,227 deaths and 68,483 recoveries
The federal government has directed all the government workers on grade level 12 and below to stay at home for the next five weeks amid the second wave of the deadly coronavirus.
The directive was issued on Monday evening, December 21, by the presidential task force on COVID-19 during a media briefing in Abuja.
According to Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the PTF, the decision to direct government staff to work from home is one of the measures put in place to curb the second wave of coronavirus infection, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng notes that over the last three weeks, there has been an increase in the daily figure of the infection and casualty as countries across the world battle the second wave.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 356 new cases on Monday with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos state leading the log with 79 and 59 cases respectively.
Addressing journalists, Mustapha who doubles as the secretary to the government of the federation, said though he was not positive to the virus, four of his children contracted the deadly disease.
“We should not take COVID-19 for joke, as a father of four children, I passed through difficult and traumatic times, as all my children were infected, also is one-year old boy in my household.
“Even at home I used to use facemasks, and my wife knows she also has responsibilities. May be that was why we were not infected."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government restricted the number of persons that will be allowed in religious and festive gatherings with effect from Tuesday, December 22.
The government's directive was announced by Boss Mustapha. He revealed that this move from the government came after the PTF submitted its recommendations which were majorly influenced by the latest moves made by top nations to slow down the spread of the pandemic's new strain.
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