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Fresh Fear Of COVID 19 Infection Emerges As Mammoth Crowd Besiege NIMC Office

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By Babajide Okeowo

As Nigeria battles the second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic, fresh fear of infections have emerged if events of the past few days are anything to go by.

Earlier today, a large crowd+ gathered at the Alausa office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Lagos on Monday in a bid to enroll for the National Identification Number.

Recall that the federal government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, last week issued a two-week ultimatum to all telecommunications operators in the country to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) without National Identification Number (NIN).

As a result, there was a rush as many Nigerians attempt to register for the NIN and beat the federal government’s deadline for SIM deactivation.

Although there was no blanket ban on public gatherings of people under 300, a minimum of two meters’ distance between seated or standing guests is required.

From the pictures and videos that have emerged on the Social media, there was no spacing of any sort with many converging and choking themselves up.

This is bound to trigger a fresh wave of community transmission of the infection.

Recall that the House of Representatives last week asked the NCC to extend the two-week ultimatum to ten weeks but the Commission is yet to make a public reversal of its notice as of Monday.

The Lagos state government on Friday announced a slew of COVID-19 restrictions all aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus.

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