Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, has noted that due to the country’s reopening of its airspace and the recent #EndSARS protests, there is likely to be a surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.
Mustapha who doubles as the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, also cited the Edo and Ondo governorship elections as triggers too.
He said some Nigerians who just returned from outside the country fail to do the polymerase chain reaction test they signed up for.
According to him, only one out of three passengers had shown up for the in-country test, adding that due to their non-compliance, passports of culpable individuals will be suspended for six months.
“The PTF at the last briefing cautioned on the need to avoid complacency on account of the low number of infections published daily and the possibility of a second wave,” he said.
“That advice was premised on the fact that risk perception remains very low and sample collection has been on the decline.
“The PTF is highlighting these issues repeatedly because we remain at risk of importation, having opened our airspace and massive spread as a result of the protests. The next week or two remain critical.
“The PTF similarly announced sanctions as a consequence of any infraction. Having observed serious non-compliance to the level of 65%, the need has arisen to activate the sanctions, including the suspension of the passports of such defaulting individuals for a period of six months minimum.”
The NCDC has warned that Nigeria may experience a second wave if Nigerians do not adhere to stipulated safety protocols.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the NCDC, had said the second wave of the disease is inevitable but could be avoided.
“We know that as we move towards the reopening of schools, there will be increased opportunity for transmission because students will come together,” he had said.
“We have to come together as a society. Nobody in this country wants another lockdown and we are hoping that we have learnt enough from the consequences of the first one to prevent the second one.”