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Suspension Of 14-day quarantine for returnees may increase community transmission – Onyeama

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MINISTER of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had last week said that the 14-day quarantine of evacuees in hotels would no longer be necessary.

  Rights activist, Adeyanju, on Monday in Abuja said the suspension of the guideline for returnees would endanger the lives of many Nigerians and consequently spike the number of community transmission of COVID-19.

He said it was illogical for government to shift the goal post at the middle of the game since the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Central Bank of Nigeria had indicated interest in bankrolling the bills of returnees.

Adeyanju said the decision had further cast a shadow of doubt in the minds of many Nigerians on the accountability and transparency of government in the entire process.

He said it was obvious that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control lacked the capacity in contact tracing, which would be a challenge with the new arrangement by looking for whoever his or her result turned out positive.

Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Prof Akintola, on his own part said the decision would further elongate the tenure of COVID-19 in the country. Akintola added that allowing returnees to proceed to their various destinations upon arrival would make a mockery of the successes and gains that had been made so far in the management of the pandemic.

He said, “Any new arrival from outside Nigeria should be quarantined. We need to do that in the interest of local population. We don’t know where they are coming from and that will be dangerous for their families and the people that will live with them after their arrival.”

The cleric told the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 -to open up and tell Nigerians the game they were playing, lamenting the lack of transparency in the new arrangement.

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