Due to the Delta variant of the novel Coronavirus recently found in Nigeria, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised Nigerians not to travel home for the 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations next week.
Dr Yahya Disu, the NCDC’s Head of Risk Communications Division, issued the warning today on Channels TV.
According to Disu, the COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave began in Nigeria when individuals traveled for Christmas last December.
As a result, he asked Nigerians to avoid unnecessary travel during the upcoming Sallah celebrations.
“Third-wave is about having an increase in the number of cases. We have had an increase and decrease in number of cases before now. So, the third one is starting but what is important is what we are able to do to ensure that we are able to reduce it.”he said
Disu urged religious leaders to educate their congregations about the importance of adhering to COVID-19 guidelines in order to avoid an increase in infections.
“More importantly, Sallah is coming when people just travel and that makes the risk higher in villages, in different parts of the country. So, we need to warn people: they don’t need to travel if it is not necessary, you can celebrate where you are. During Sallah, we go to mosque in large numbers but this is the time we need to be very cautious.
We are working with the religious organisations. The second wave in Nigeria started because of Christmas, because people travelled for Christmas. So, we can avoid it, we can learn from it. A life that we lost is very important for every one of us, it could be anybody. So, it is not worth it to lose a life because we want to celebrate Sallah or Christmas.”he said