COVID-19 PROTOCOLS ENFORCEMENT TEAM SETS TO BEGIN ARRESTING AND TRYING VIOLATORS IN ABUJA
The Task Force on COVID-19 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Mobile Court will start arresting and trying violators of COVID-19 protocols from Monday, 1st February 2021.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari earlier signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021 which made the use of face masks in public places mandatory among other measures to curtail spread of COVID-19.
Going tough on violators, the regulation stipulates a fine or six months imprisonment for those who flout the rule.
The FCT which has 16,863 confirmed cases is the second most affected region in Nigeria after Lagos State which has 48,919 confirmed cases.
The country's capital has so far made 10,978 discharges and reported 126 deaths.
According to data made available by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the country has reported 139,557 cases, discharged 103,712 patients after treatment and recorded 1578.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government had said it might impose fresh lockdown on major States like Lagos, Kaduna, FCT, and Plateau anytime soon due to the rising cases of COVID-19.
Dr. Mukhtar Muhammad, National Incident Manager of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, however, made it clear that even if a lockdown is imposed in these states, it will not be total, so as not to completely shut down economic activities.
Following the rising cases of COVID-19 in Abuja amid the second wave, it is pertinent for residents to comply by all safety measures, such as wearing of face mask, observing social distancing, usage of hand sanitizer.