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Thursday, 15 July 2021

COVID-19: Don’t Travel For Sallah - NCDC Warns Nigerians


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has warned the citizens against trips that characterise the period as Muslim faithful prepare to mark the 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations next week.

NCDC Head of Risk Communications Division, Dr Yahya Disu, handed down the warning on Wednesday during Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast show.

Disu said the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic started in Nigeria because people travelled for Christmas last December. He, therefore, urged Nigerians to avoid unnecessary trips as Sallah celebrations hold next week.

It was earlier reported that with the detection of the Delta COVID-19 variant in Nigeria, experts warned against a fresh lockdown, stating that imposing a new lockdown would have devastating impacts on the economy.

The experts spoke against the background of a third wave of COVID-19 with the steady rise in positive cases in the last week and the discovery of a new variant of the virus in Nigeria.

The deadly Delta variant is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility.

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