Covid-19: Face Masks Now Optional – FG


Following the decrease in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has made it known that the use of face masks in open spaces is now optional.

This was reportedly disclosed by Dr. Muktar Muhammed, the Secretary of the PSC on COVID-19, in an interview in Abuja.

 According to him, “We are easing up restrictions, but it’s important we do so responsibly. Last week, we suspended the limit placed on public gatherings, curfews, and other social measures.”

He added, “The use of face masks in open spaces is now discretionary. We shall not hesitate to remove all mandates once the disease is no longer of public health consequence. We are aware that cases are rising in the Western Pacific and Eastern Europe. The US just mandated the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for adults older than 50. We fear a reversal of the pandemic situation, where largely unvaccinated poor countries will be made to bear the burden because the West has developed very high immunity through large-scale vaccination.”

He noted, “Our biggest fear now is the upcoming Easter holidays. If we are able to cross and the cases continue to go down with no significant increase in hospitalization and death, then certainly, we will lower down our level of alertness and relax most of the measures.”

He maintained, “We are working with data and algorithms to determine our line of action. Everything depends on what happens next. We learn from other countries, but we don’t have to necessarily copy what they are doing. Every country should evaluate its risk and take responsibility.”


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