Community transmission is at its highest, PTF warns Nigerians flouting Covid-19 guidelines


National coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliya has urged  Nigerians to comply with the guidelines issued by the federal government saying Community transmission of the virus has more than doubled.

Aliya speaking at the PTF briefing in Abuja on Thursday said there is a greater risk of infection now that the lockdown has been eased and people choose to ignore the safety guidelines set in place to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“The PTF continues to be very concerned about the issue of compliance. As you are aware, we are here to push for the containment of COVID-19 in the country through data-driven medical advisories,” he said.

“The fact that we are receiving many reports on the flouting of the guidelines, the hint by individuals, groups and organisations is simply unacceptable.

“As I said in the past, COVID-19 is far from over globally, neither is it over in Nigeria.

“There’s no doubt that a lot of community transmission is happening and it continues to increase across the states. Now more than ever before, if you go out, you’re more likely to get COVID-19 than before.

“Your risk of acquiring COVID-19 because of the numbers we have now is more than three, four weeks or five weeks ago when we had a lockdown, so there really isn’t any room or relaxation at this point.”

The PTF coordinator also revealed that the federal government is working with security agencies to enforce compulsory adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines, as the PTF “will not sit back and allow public safety to be endangered by a few”.

The national coordinator called on Nigerians to accept the new normal of living with COVID-19, while adhering to safety measures and protocols to ensure protection.

Nigeria on Thursday recorded its single-day highest Covid-19 toll with 745 news cases.

The new cases brings to 18,480, the total confirmed cases since February 27.

The number of deaths also increased to 457 while over 300 recoveries were recorded in the past 24hours to bring the tally to 6,307.

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