PTF Advises Nigerians Abroad To Shelve Christmas Trips

Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu
Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu

Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic has appealed to Nigerians abroad who might be planning on coming home for the Christmas festivities to shelf the plan, in the bid to reduce spread of the virus.

Dr Sani Aliyu, who is the National Coordinator of the Taskforce, made this known during the weekly media briefing of the taskforce on Friday, November 13.

He expressed;

We know that we are going into the Christmas period. The PTF is already looking at steps to minimise the surge in passengers’ numbers we see during this period.

But this will primarily be by discouraging people from non-essential travels. If you do not need to travel, remain in the country during the period.

Dr Aliyu stated;

If you are outside the country, now is not the time to start coming in on holiday. If you do have to come into the country on holiday, be aware that you have to do the mandatory seven days isolation before you show yourself anywhere within the country and you have to be tested and confirmed to be negative to exit self-isolation.

We will not be relaxing the rules simply because it is holiday season.

The appeal comes as coronavirus cases in Nigeria increases after few months of decline in infection rates. As at Thursday, Nigeria recorded 64,728 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 60,790 patients who have recovered from the virus and 1,162 deaths.

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