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NCDC Issues Warning to Nigerians About Eid-El-Kabir To Prevent Fifth COVID Wave

NCDC Issues Warning to Nigerians About Eid-El-Kabir

To stop a third COVId-19 wave, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has pleaded for safety procedure compliance during Eid-el-Kabir.

This was stated by the organization in a Friday public health advisory. It added that religious organizations, local authorities, and Nigerians generally must take the appropriate precautions in advance of the approaching Eid-el-Kabir celebrations considering the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria aand around the world.

“According to the latest situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of weekly COVID-19 cases has increased globally for the third consecutive week. Similarly, our national surveillance system has detected a gradual increase in the daily COVID-19 cases recorded in the country,” the advisory reads.

“Since Nigeria’s first case was detected on 27th February 2020, we have had 256,695 confirmed cases with 3,144 deaths across 36 states and the FCT. Genomic surveillance confirms Omicron and its various offspring (sub lineages) remain the dominant circulating variant of concern associated with the spread of the disease in the country.

In addition to the COVID-19 scenario in Nigeria and around the world, the impending Eid-El-Kabir celebrations call for enhanced individual and collective accountability in light of the inadequate COVID-19 vaccination uptake and rising COVID-19 case numbers.

The COVID-19 virus is more prone to spread in large crowds and when people don’t follow preventive precautions like physical separation, mask use, and hand cleanliness. As we rejoice, we implore Nigerians to guard against the start of a full-fledged fifth COVID-19 wave by being aware of the high risk of COVID-19 spreading and taking coordinated action by following advised public health safety measures.

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