The Nigerian government has on Monday relaxed COVID-19 safety measures and travel advisory according to recommendations of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 based on clinical and laboratory evidence of a sustained reduction in infection/transmission across Nigeria. 

Driving the news 
According to the statement delivered by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, FG is withdrawing safety regulations such as limiting the number of persons in public gatherings, compulsory travel testing and use of facemasks and health declaration forms. 

  • Boss Mustapha however advised the elderly, and people with immno- compromised and those with co-morbidities “to continue the use of facemasks, wash hands with clean water and soap, use hand sanitizers and avoid large gatherings.” 

By the numbers 
As of the time of this report, Nigeria had tested 5,708,974 persons; confirmed 266,381 cases, discharged 259,759, had an active case of 3,467 patients and recorded 3,155 deaths. From 3rd to 9th December 2022, only 31 new confirmed cases were recorded in the country. 

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