Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country; thus, it has the highest responsibility to ensure that the infections are not spreading. The Delta Variant has most hardly stricken Africa with the COVID-19 virus. Nigeria is in the same conditions as the other nations also suffer from the third wave of the COVID-19 virus.
Rules for upcoming events
Considering the fact that the Delta variant is 60 percent more transmissible than the other previous variants, Nigeria has made the rules stricter. Recently the Nigerian government announces that gatherings for the upcoming Muslim festival, Eid-el-Kabir, would not allow. People are requested to pray from outside the mosques to curb gathering. And hence curbing the chance of spreading of infection. The head of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has stated that gathering devotees for the Friday prayer has the potential for a wider spread of the virus. Hence, they will only have permission to pray from outside the local Mosque.
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Nigeria has put six states on red alert after the sudden rise in the surge of infection among the country. The states are Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, and the Federal Capital Territory. They are provided a strict order to ensure minimum gathering during any celebrations. Mustapha has also suspended Durbar, an annual Muslim festival celebrated in Northern Nigeria with colorful horse ride events and seen by a mass gathering.
The vaccination program is going well in Nigeria. The country has recorded 1, 69,329 total cases and around 2,126 total deaths till last week. Nigeria is also expecting 8 million vaccine doses by the end of August, with the help of U.S. government donations. According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the country has fully exhausted its 4 million doses last week and has put the vaccination on hold. With the availability in the coming days, the program will continue with a broader target.