Nigeria confirms 1,664 new infections, as FG says it will ban VIPs, govt officials who flout COVID-19 travel protocols

Chidi Samuel| Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 1,664 new coronavirus infections, it’s highest single-day tally since the outbreak was first reported in the country last February.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control said the new infections were reported in 22 states and the FCT.

According to the update, Lagos, the epicentre of the outbreak in Nigeria recorded 642 new cases, followed by FCT-407, Plateau-160, Kaduna-83, Rivers-62, Adamawa-47, Nasarawa-38, Abia-29, Edo-28, and Anambra-27.

Other states with new infections include, Niger-24, Ogun-24, Imo-15, Oyo-14, Kano-12, Osun-12, Borno-9, Delta-7, Enugu-7, Bauchi-5, Ekiti-5, Sokoto-5, and Jigawa-2.

The health agency further noted that so far, the country has 94,639 confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus, with 77,229 recoveries and 1, 324 fatalities.

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FG to ban VIPs, govt officials who flout travel protocols

The Federal Government on Wednesday said there will be repercussions for Very Important Personalities (VIPs) and government officials who flout travel protocols.

In a video posted by the Ministry of Information and Culture on Wednesday via Twitter, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, vowed to clamp down on officials for failing to obey travel protocols including undergoing compulsory COVID-19 tests after returning into the country.

“We want to change people’s behaviour. We’ve shown that we are going to do it. We have done it and we will continue to do it every week until things change. It is not like we want to punish people but if you continue to put our country at risk, we will take action,” he said.

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“Next week, we will publish another 100, subsequent weeks, we will continue to publish until we see an improvement in terms of the compliance. So, whether you are a VIP, whether you are a government official, whether you are in a leadership position, if you do not follow the travel protocols, there will be repercussions.

“We do not publish names because the essence of doing the entire exercise is to force people to comply with our protocols.”

Sani’s remarks comes four days after the Federal Government released the passport numbers of 100 travellers who failed to undergo COVID-19 tests after returning into the country.

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