The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has blamed re-opening of schools, businesses and religious centres without compliance with safety measures for increasing number of infections.
Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday during a media briefing in Abuja.
He also identified re-opening of airports and increased local and international travels as another source of spread of the second wave of the disease.
Noting the intensity of the new wave of infection is unlike the earlier one as it is swifter and deadlier, Mustapha warned Nigerians to be more vigilant as the capacity to respond to the speed of the spread might not be sufficient.
He stated the best chance for every individual would be to ensure to avoid being infected.
Speaking on efforts to understand the COVID-19 strain circulating in the country, Mustapha said the PTF had commenced works with the African Centre for Disease Control (ACDC) and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the sequencing of the disease.
On international travel protocols, he said the PTF had continued to receive inquiries about testing before travelling out of the country, explaining the protocol in Nigeria requires in-bound passengers to test, not more than 96 hours, before boarding flights to Nigeria.
“However, for passengers leaving Nigeria, it remains the responsibility of travelers to confirm the requirements of the country of destination and that of the carrier of choice.