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FG blames churches, schools for alarming COVID-19 surge

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has hinged the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria on travels, churches and schools reopening, saying they contributed to the virus spike in the country.

Nigeria has confirmed over 100,000 cases amid virus sudden surge.

The federal government has said it’s reviewing the date for resumption of schools across the country following the emergence of the raging second wave of coronavirus.

Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, , speaking during Monday’s media briefing in Abuja, named factors that led to the spike in numbers.

“It is, however, very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rise in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities, reopening of schools without strict compliance with COVID-19 safety measures,” Mustapha said.

Last week, the federal government admitted it would have no choice than to impose a fresh lockdown in the country if the numbers of COVID-19 infections continue with galloping increase.

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