Henceforth, it may not be business as usual again for Churches and other public centres when they eventually resume for activities.
This was contained in an information by Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF), as it cautioned Churches, Mosques and businesses to prepare for a change in the way they have always been operating.
At the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja at the weekend, PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha explained that “Behavioural change is a must for every citizen because COVID-19 has changed the world completely.”
He said: “I must also emphasise that the two additional weeks should be utilised by businesses, offices, professional bodies, places of worship, educational institutions etc., awaiting reopening to plan and adopt new strategies under a COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines.
“The PTF COVID-19 is committed and determined to continue to provide the required leadership for this national response. In the coming days, intense consultations will be deepened with different segments of the society including the state governments, security agencies, religious and community leaders to ensure a coordinated implementation of the measures.”
Mustapha noted that with the history of pandemics in hindsight, government must delicately strike a balance between safety and economic considerations before reopening the economy fully. He also cited the 1918-1920 influenza, explaining that the PTF was persuaded by the history of global pandemics,which showed evidence of exponential rise when restrictions were lifted early.
Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire said a disturbing trend from statistics showed that most fatalities were not just linked with pre-existing diseases; many were educated, well-to-do people, who chose home-based care, where they developed complications and had to be rushed to hospital.
He said breathing complications in COVID-19 patients could arise with little or no warning; hence the reason all persons must seek medical attention when they test positive.