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BREAKING: Nigerian Govt Release New Directive On Face Masks

Information reaching Naija News House says that Nigerian Govt Release New Directive On Face Masks

The government of President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday that wearing face masks in public places is now optional.

The complete easing of the measures, according to the federal administration, will take place after Easter.

Muktar Muhammed, the Secretary of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, revealed this to Punch in Abuja in an interview.

The PSC also announced that it would no longer require verification of PCR testing from fully vaccinated travelers.

“We are loosening constraints,” Muhammed said, “but we must do so wisely.”

Face Masks

“We lifted the ban on public meetings, curfews, and other social restrictions last week.”

“In open places, the usage of face masks is now optional.

“We shall not hesitate to remove all mandates once the disease is no longer of public health consequence. We are aware that cases are rising in the Western Pacific and Eastern Europe. The US just mandated a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for adults older than 50. We fear a reversal of the pandemic situation, where largely unvaccinated poor countries will be made to bear the burden, because the West has developed very high immunity through large scale vaccination.

“Our biggest fear now is the upcoming Easter holidays. If we are able to cross and the cases continue to go down with no significant increase in hospitalisation and death, then certainly, we will lower down our level of alertness and relax most of the measures.

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“We are working with data and algorithms to determine our line of action. Everything depends on what happens next. We learn from other countries, but we don’t have to necessarily copy what they are doing. Every country should evaluate its risk and take responsibility.”

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