The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic has advised Nigerians living abroad, who might be planning on coming home for the Christmas festivities to cancel that plan for now.
The counsel is part of the PTF’s scheme to miniaturize incoming travellers from other parts of the world, particularly countries currently battling with second waves of COVID-19.
The PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who pronounced these during the task force weekly media briefing in Abuja, however, made it clear that if the reason for coming home is important, such travellers should be ready to observe all prescribed guidelines by the PTF, which includes pre-travel and post-travel testings as well as the observation of seven days self-isolation.
Aliyu warned that Nigeria would not relax its COVID-19 guidelines and protocols because of the festivities, saying the country cannot afford second wave of coronavirus as being seen in Europe and the Americas.
“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.
“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 simply because it is holiday season,” he said.