Presidential Task Force On COVID-19 Predicts Massive Infections In Two Weeks

SGF Boss Mustapha OnoBello

The Federal Government has revealed that there would be a massive COVID-19 infections in the next two weeks.

This came as Lagos State government, yesterday, warned residents that the continuous disregard of COVID-19 protocols and safety guidelines could lead to a second wave of new cases in Lagos.

Disclosing the development, yesterday, in Abuja during a news briefing, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, lamented the lack of compliance with the PCR test protocol by about 65 per cent of Nigerians returning to the country.

He, therefore, condemned the careless act of failing to present themselves for Coronavirus tests, adding statistics from the nation’s records showed that only one out of three passengers had shown up for the in-country test they signed up for before arrival.

According to him, the passports of erring travellers would be seized as sanctions.

He said; “The PTF at the last briefing cautioned on the need to avoid complacency on account of the low number of infections published daily and the possibility of a second wave. That advice was premised on the fact that risk perception remains very low and sample collection has been on the decline.”

Mustapha also expressed fear of the recent governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States as well as the #EndSARS nationwide protests triggering an increased Coronavirus infection in the country.

“The PTF is highlighting these issues repeatedly because we remain at risk of importation, having opened our airspace and massive spread as a result of the protests. The next week or two remain critical,” he explained.

“The PTF similarly announced sanctions as a consequence of any infraction. Having observed serious non-compliance to the level of 65%, the need has arisen to activate the sanctions, including the suspension of the passports of such defaulting individuals for a period of six months minimum.”

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