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COVID-19: PSC calls for strict compliance with existing protocols

By Abujah Racheal

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 called on political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Independent State Election Commissions (SIEC) to ensure strict adherence to all COVID-19 protocols during the conduct of political events.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Boss Mustapha, made the appeal in a statement made available to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.

NAN reports that development has followed the confirmation of more cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in several states and the growing number of infections across the country.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary of the Federation Government (SGF), stressed that the mass gatherings served as super-spread events for the spread of COVID-19 infection in communities.

SGF said such events must be carefully controlled to ensure maximum public safety in terms of the risk of virus transmission among the vulnerable population.

“The PSC would like to reiterate the importance of INEC’s high-profile policy on the conduct of political events and the Code of Conduct for Voters and Political Parties in the Context of COVID-19.

“The PSC therefore warns all political parties to institute public health and social measures in all places where political events take place,” he said.

The PSC president reiterated that the mandatory use of face masks was one of the measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

“People without face masks should not be allowed to access sites.

“Hand hygiene facilities, including soap and water / hand sanitizers, should be made available to people before entering sites.

“The closed places must be sufficiently ventilated and must not exceed 50% of the capacity of the places (a minimum of 2 meters must be observed among the people present at the gathering)”, declared Mustapha.

NAN reports that the country has continued to record high daily cases of coronavirus infection.

These cases include the fatal Delta variant, which was first reported in Nigeria on July 8.

SARS-CoV-2, also known as the B.1.617.2 line, the delta variant, has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the “most transmissible variant”.

According to the WHO, the variant is responsible for the peak in about 132 countries around the world where it has been reported.

As of Thursday, the country had recorded 178,821 cases of COVID-19, with 2,141 deaths. (NAA)

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