- The Nigerian government is considering locking down 18 local government areas in the country
- This is coming as the second phase of eased lockdown ended on Monday, June 29
- Boss Mustapha, the PTF chairman, made this known after briefing President Buhari at the Presidential Villa
Following the end of the second phase of the eased lockdown, the federal government is considering locking down 18 local government areas in the country to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
According to Daily Trust, this was disclosed on Monday, June 29, by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mustapha speaking with State House reporters after leading his team to brief the Nigerian leader said the lockdown was necessary to enable aggressive testing and management of the virus.
Out of 774 local governments in Nigeria 18 have been identified as making up 60% of the confirmed cases in the country.
Mustapha also said that 80% of the infections affected the age bracket of 31 to 40 years which makes up a very active part of the population.
He stressed that the task force is concerned about the remaining 20%, adding that everything was being done to protect the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that after three months of hues and cries, the federal government on Monday, June 29, finally lifted the ban on interstate movement effective from Wednesday, July 1.
The chairman PTF on COVID-19 disclosed this during the daily media briefing in Abuja. The national coordinator of PTF, Sani Aliyu, also added that only fifty per cent of the passengers of the buses are allowed during travels.
The PTF, however, reaffirmed the continuation of the nationwide curfew between 10 pm and 4 am adding that “travels are not expected at this period.”
Mustapha also said the government has approved the safe resumption of domestic flights in the country. He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force’s fifth interim report which was submitted to President Buhari earlier in the day.
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