Covid-19: FG mulls another lockdown as PTF briefs Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, receiving briefing from the PTF on COVID-19

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau

With the steady increase in the numbers of people testing positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, the Federal Government may be forced to declare another nationwide lockdown even as
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received briefing from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the State House, Abuja.

The briefing took place in the State House.

PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and his members including the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu and Director General of the National Center for Disrase Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, briefed the President as the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown ends today.

PTF chairman, Boss Mustapha, hinted that government may introduce precision lockdown for pinpoint management of coronavirus hotspots.

According to him, “18 out of the 774 local governments in the country have been identified as responsible for 60% of the confirmed cases in the country”.

“The reason for the precision lockdown will be to place specific measures in certain places especially by state governments to enable aggressive testing for the disease and management”.

Prompt News recalls that the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the country was for an initial period of four weeks as was announced by Mustapha.

Also, President Buhari had on April 27 announced the gradual easing of a five-week lockdown in FCT, Lagos and Ogun state.
The lockdown was eased to a nationwide night curfew which was 8 p.m. to 6 a.m from May 4 to May 17.

Recall also the first phase of the lockdown which was subsequently extended by two weeks elapsed midnight on June 1 while the second phase which was implemented over four weeks spanning June 2 – to 29 (today), is still subject to review.

In the second phase, government had relaxed restrictions on banking operations and worship places. Also, Federal government had retained nationwide curfew but the time was reduced from 10pm to 4am, to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of the transmissions of the virus which is now on community transmission level.
It had also removed restrictions on the movement of goods and services in the second phase.

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