- The federal government has pointed out three states that account for majority of the coronavirus infections in Nigeria
- According to the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force these states are Lagos, Kaduna and the FCT
- SGF Boss Mustapha who made the disclosure attributed the rise of confirmed cases to disregard of preventive measures
Amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the federal government has identified Lagos, Kaduna, and the FCT as the new epicentres of infections.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), disclosed this on Monday, December 21, in Abuja at a briefing, ThisDay reports.
According to the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) chairman, these areas account for over 70% of the country's cases.
As of Monday, the health agency Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has hit 78,790.
The PTF chairman attributed the rise in the number of confirmed cases to the lack of compliance with interventions, large gatherings, and disregard for other public health preventive measures.
He also stressed that the rise in social gatherings will significantly increase risks for the spread of the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in a decisive bid to curb the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, the federal government has 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 on Monday, December 21, by the chairman of the PTF on COVID-19.
Mustapha 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.
In a related development, the government had said that just like many nations, it might be forced to impose a ban on travel to some parts of the world due to the new strain of COVID-19 which is rampant in the United Kingdom (UK).
This was revealed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, December 21, in Abuja.
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