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FG, Lagos alert of rise in COVID-19 infections ahead yuletide

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FEDERAL Government and Lagos State are bracing up for the increasing challenge posed by soaring COVID-19 infections with Federal Government yesterday advising Nigerians against non-essential local and international travels during the festive period as  cases in the country.

  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control gave the advice in its latest COVID-19 situation report while Lagos State Government vowed to get tough with violators of compulsory tests for international inbound passengers.

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

  “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. 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,” it said.

  Also, Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, said Lagos State was on the trail of inbound travellers, who evaded mandatory COVID-19 tests, adding that.

According to him, the state would also punish inbound travellers who disobey the COVID-19 safety protocols.

  “Recall that recently, the governor issued a statement and guidelines that we have to follow to win the war against COVID-19. He urged Lagosians to join hands with him to defeat the fourth wave, as we have done in the three previous waves. We are trying as much as possible to work with the Federal Government to tighten entry formalities at the airport.

This virus is believed to be coming from abroad, especially the new Omicron variant. We are trying as much as possible to ensure that people coming in don’t just walk into Lagos without obeying the formalities. They have to go through the second-day and seven-day tests. Some of those who are trying to beat this protocol; I assure you that they will face justice,” he said.

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