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COVID-19: FG Issues Travel Advice As Cases Rise

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THE Federal Government on Sunday advised Nigerians against non-essential local and international travels during the festive period as COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control gave the advice in its latest COVID-19 situation report

Amid the surging cases, the NCDC   advised Nigerians on non-essential international and local travels during the festive period.

Between November 21 and December 4, the country recorded 1,035 cases of the virus.

But between December 5 and December 18, 8,916 cases were recorded representing 761.45 per cent over the previous two weeks.

The NCDC confirmed in its latest report that no fewer than 845 passengers tested positive within one week.

According to the disease control agency, the country has continued to witness a surge in the number of travellers who test positive to the coronavirus both at point of entries and at point of departure.

The centre noted that while in epidemiological week 48, a total of 235 passengers tested positive, adding that the figures increased in week 49 when the total of 845 passengers tested positive.

According to the NCDC, the omicron may also lead to several other mutations.

It said: “The spread of COVID-19 variants of concern including the Omicron variant may lead to a surge in cases globally due to mutations which could give the SARS-CoV-2 virus a specific advantage such as increased transmissibility, possibility of more severe illness or evasion of tests currently used for the detection of COVID-19.

“Importantly, this holiday season, we advise everyone to avoid non-essential travel, both international and national while research is ongoing to better understand Omicron and its impact on the national and global response to COVID-19.”

The centre also noted that the country had continued to speed up testing. For instance, it stated that there was an increase in the number of test samples from week 48 to week 49.

“In Week 49, the number of samples tested increased to 62,537 from 51,345 reported in week 48. These were reported in 36 states and FCT”.

 

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