The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) Sani Aliyu, has again cautioned against non-essential travels. The warning is coming as the Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, disclosed that the transmission rate of virus has become astronomical.
Speaking at the Task Force’s daily briefing in Abuja, on Monday, Aliyu warned that government would not hesitate to review its policy if importation of infections was noticed.
He reminded that a lot f country in Europe and elsewhere, have imposed travel restrictions. “At the moment, we have a lot of travel restrictions going on in Europe and other places. If numbers continue to increase and we notice importation of infections, we will review our policy. I am not saying we will ban flights but I am also saying that we will do everything necessary to protect ourselves from a surge. “So, if you don’t want to be stranded whether in Nigeria or outside the country, think again about travelling over this period. If it is not essential, stay put. There will be other seasons, there will be other celebrations especially with vaccines now being available across the board it is very likely that travels will be sorted, so all the testing and monitoring will go away,” he said.
The Coordinator disclosed that the PTF had compiled the list of the first 300 passengers that have not done the test up to day 14. “We are going to streamline these results and create a COVID-19 restriction list for passengers that have not abided by our protocols and these passengers will not be allowed to fly for a period of six months. We hope that we don’t have to continue doing this and people will continue to comply with our protocol,” he added.