Crime & SecurityHealthNewsNigeriaYuletide COVID-19 Surge: FTC Admin Bans Nightclubs, Parties, Religious Congregations

The current status of COVID-19 in the Nation’s capital Abuja has forced the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to place ban on nightclubs, parties and religious congregations with over 50 worshippers.

The administration in a statement Saturday by the Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat Dr. Abubakarl Tafida noted that the failure of residents to adopt simple preventive measures was worrisome.

The statement said read in part, “Any gathering in excess of 50 people must be done in open spaces. Street parties are discouraged. All night clubs and related activities are banned during this period. The indoor religious congregation should be limited to 50 per cent capacity with full compliance to public health social measures such as physical distancing two metres apart and use of face masks. “Consequently during the Christmas and New year celebration period, the residents of the FCT are urged to practice the following measures as advised by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, which will be enforced by FCTA.

The statement, called on residents of the territory to take action to protect themselves and their loved ones against this pandemic.

It said the cases so far as at December 24 were 2,591 which is 1,028% increase of the 252 cases confirmed in November 2021.

In addition, hospital admissions for COVID-19 had increased by over 634 per cent from 35 in November to 222 in December.

Also, the number of active cases being treated in the treatment centres and at private homes rose from 130 at the end of November to today’s figure of 2,352(1,809%) increase. About 25% of all cases over the months were between 30 to 39 years olds.

The administration said all COVID-19 deaths in December 2021 occurred in unvaccinated persons.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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