- Ahead of the new year celebrations, the federal government disclosed that it is not ready to take any COVID-19-related risk
- This announcement was made following the rising cases of coronavirus in the country in recent times
- In a new move, the FCT has appealed to residents to adhere strictly to all health protocols as it banned gatherings with over 50 worshippers
FCT, Abuja- As part of its effort to keep the residents safe, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) recently announced a new ban on nightclubs, parties and religious congregations with over 50 worshippers.
Daily Trust reports that the administration in a statement issued on Saturday, December 25, said the decision was informed by the current status of COVID-19 in the territory, adding that the failure of residents to adopt simple preventive measures was worrisome.
The administration, in a statement by the Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat Dr. Abubakarl Tafida, called on residents of the territory to take action to protect themselves and their loved ones against this pandemic.
The statement said:
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"Any gathering in excess of 50 people must be done in open spaces. Street parties are discouraged. All night clubs and related activities are banned during this period. The indoor religious congregation should be limited to 50 per cent capacity with full compliance to public health social measures such as physical distancing two metres apart and use of face masks.”
The Administration said the cases so far as at December 24 were 2,591 which is 1,028% increase of the 252 cases confirmed in November 2021.
The administration said all COVID-19 deaths in December 2021 occurred in unvaccinated persons.
COVID-19 is not politically motivated, it is real, Pastor Kumuyi tells Nigerians
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi on Tuesday, December 21, told Nigerians that the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic is not politically motivated but real.
Kumuyi made this known while answering questions at a news conference to officially flag off the church’s 6-day crusade.
The cleric said from his observation, the pandemic is real and not a politically arranged something as is being speculated in some quarters.
NCDC announces 2123 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria
In other news, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had announced 2,123 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The NCDC took its official Facebook page to announce the new development to Nigerians as the new variants of the virus continue to spread.
A breakdown of the cases below states by states as released by the NCDC.