FG to begin tracking of the 90 violators of COVID-19 travel protocols from Wednesday
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 42 new cases of COVID-19 in seven states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The NCDC revealed this via its official Twitter account.
According to the health agency, 166,061 cases have been confirmed so far while 156,492 people have recovered from the virus.
It also stated that no death was recorded in the last 24 hours as the number of fatalities remained at 2,067.
The agency said the new cases includes: 14 from Lagos, Gombe 11, Ebonyi and Kano 5 each, FCT, 4 and, 1 from Edo, Kaduna and Rivers.
it also noted that today’s report included 0 cases from Plateau, Nasarawa and Sokoto states.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government will on Wednesday begin contact tracing of 90 international travellers, who violated the COVID-19 Health Regulations Protection, 2021.
The spokesman for the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mr Willie Bassey disclosed this on Monday.
According to the Punch, the spokesperson said the government was in possession of the affected persons’ addresses and it would do all possible to trace them but would need the support of state governments.
He also said the affected persons were not declared wanted but were declared persons of interest because of the potential danger they pose to the society.
Bassey said, “They are persons of interest and that is why we published their names.
“We have given them 48 hours to report themselves, failure to do so will result to sanctions. We really mean business. We are serious about it.
“We have their addresses; the plan is to do contact tracing and be sure they are free from the virus so they don’t infect others.
“They are not to be addressed as ‘wanted’, they are simply persons of interest to the Federal Government.
When asked the types of sanctions the government plans for the defaulters, Bassey referred one of our correspondents to the statement released on Sunday on the matter.
The PSC had in the statement said it would some additional steps to sanction the listed violators.
He listed the sanctions to include disabling their travel passports for a period not less than one year; cancelation of visas/ permits of foreigners that have abused the country’s hospitality; and prosecution under the 2021 Health Protection Regulations.
“State governments are also enjoined to work alongside so that we fish them out easily.”