BREAKING: PTF extends lockdown relaxation by two weeks

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has announced that the gradual easing of the lockdown across the nation will be extended by two weeks.

The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, announced this on Monday during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.

He said the lockdown was extended due to the continuous rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Mustapha added that the President has extended the lockdown in Kano State by two weeks. He also revealed that the Nigerian leader has ordered a ban on all inter-state movements

Mustapha said: “Mr President has approved the following: (i) ​The measures, exemptions, advisories, and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 00 midnight today (18th May, 2020 to 1st June, 2020);

“(ii) ​intensifying efforts to ‘tell (communicate), trace (identify) and treat (manage)’ cases;

“(iii) ​elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions;

“(iv)​Maintain the existing lockdown order in Kano for an additional two weeks;

“(v)​Imposition of precision lockdown in states, or in metropolitan/high-burden LGAs, that are reporting a rapidly increasing number of cases, when the need arises. This would be complemented with the provision of palliatives and continued re-evaluation of the impact of the interventions; and

“(vi)​Aggressive scale-up of efforts to ensure that communities are informed, engaged, and participating in the response with enhanced public awareness in high-risk states.”

Recall that the President was supposed to address Nigerians today but the broadcast was canceled due to unknown reasons.

The media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, had said in a statement on Monday afternoon, that any update on the pandemic will be relayed to Nigerians during the daily media briefing of the taskforce.

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