Nigeria’ s federal government has said that wearing face masks in public places is now optional, and that a final decision on the measures’ relaxation will be made after Easter.
Dr Muktar Muhammed, the Head of the Technical Secretariat and Secretary of the PSC on COVID- 19, revealed this in an interview with The Punch in Abuja.
COVID- 19 measures have begun to be relaxed in many countries throughout the world.
Ghana, a West African country, recently announced that face masks are no longer required. The number of daily COVID- 19 cases in Nigeria has continued to decline.
In addition, the PSC said that it would no longer ask for proof of PCR tests from people who have been fully vaccinated.
” We are loosening constraints, ” Muhammed said, ” but we must do so wisely. ” ” We lifted the ban on public gatherings, curfews, and other social restrictions last week. ” ” In open spaces, the use of face masks is now optional. ”
Once the disease is no longer a public health concern, we will not hesitate to abolish all mandates. ” We are aware that instances in the Western Pacific and Eastern Europe are on the rise. Adults over the age of 50 in the United States are now required to receive a fourth dose of the COVID- 19 vaccination. We are concerned about a reversal of the pandemic situation in which impoverished nations that are mainly unvaccinated will be forced to bear the brunt of the burden, despite the fact that the West has achieved relatively high immunity through large- scale vaccination.
Right now, our greatest concern is the forthcoming Easter holidays. If we are able to overcome this threshold and the number of cases continues to decline without a major increase in hospitalization or mortality, we will undoubtedly reduce our level of attention and relax most of the precautions. ”
To select our course of action, we’ re using data and algorithms. Everything hinges on the next event. We can learn from other countries, but we don’ t have to do everything they do. Every country should assess and accept responsibility for its risk. ” It also says that 12, 139, 797 people in Nigeria have been vaccinated completely. 18, 942, 020 people have been partially vaccinated, though.
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