- President Buhari met with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus
- The Nigerian leader is expected to approve the next stage of the national response to the pandemic
- The meeting is coming just as the second phase of the eased lockdown ends on Monday, June 29
Nigerians eagerly await to hear President Muhammadu Buhari's decision on the next stage of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic after receiving a briefing from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The task force led by Boss Mustapha, the chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on Monday, June 29, briefed the Nigerian leader at the State House as the second phase of the eased lockdown ends today, according to The Nation.
This was revealed by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina in a post he shared on Facebook.
Members of the task force in attendance include minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) director-general Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu and the coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that amid a spike in Covid-19 cases across the country, the federal government has hinted at another lockdown, saying it is inevitable as states continue to witness a surge in the number of daily infections.
Speaking during the briefing on Thursday, June 25, the chairman of the presidential task force on Covid-19, said the lockdown idea may not be popular, but the surge in coronavirus cases has made it a necessity.
Mustapha said Nigerians are "romancing" with the pandemic too much since the relaxation of lockdown allowing businesses to come back to life.
According to him, efforts of the government towards the pandemic are being sabotaged by Nigerians and this has led to massive community transmission.
In other news, the NCDC has cautioned against mistaking face shields for face masks, saying the former cannot guarantee protection against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The national disease control agency issued the warning during the weekend amid the spike in the case of coronavirus over the last three weeks.
NCDC said there is no confirmation on the effectiveness of face shields in preventing Covid-19 when used alone in non-healthcare settings.
It also emphasised that the disease can spread from person to another through respiratory droplets often through speaking, coughing or sneezing.
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