- FG has extended phase two of eased lockdown by one week
- This was due to the Sallah festivities coming up on Friday, July 31
- Boss Mustapha, the SGF and chairman PTF on COVID-19, made this known on Monday, July 27
The federal government on Monday, July 27, extended phase two of the ease of coronavirus lockdown in the country by another one week.
Legit.ng reports that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced this during a briefing on the pandemic in Abuja, the nation's capital.
Mustapha said that the extension was due to upcoming Eid-el-Kabir festivities which coincides with the expiration of the current phase of ease of lockdown.
He said: "Due to the upcoming Sallah, Eid-el-Kabir festivities, which coincides with the expiration of the current phase of ease of lockdown, it will be prudent to extend this phase of lockdown by one week."
The SGF, however, said that despite the efforts of the federal government to stem the spread of the coronavirus, some Nigerians still violate the laid down guidelines.
"We have regrettably come to the inevitable conclusion that the majority of Nigerians, irrespective of status, creed, and level of education, continue to live in denial of the virulent nature of the virus and consistently breach the guidelines put in place."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government gave an update concerning the restrictions of international flights.
It was reported that the minister of aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika, made clarifications on the issue on Tuesday, July 22.
Sirika, a former senator, was reacting to reports that the restriction of international flights is now Thursday, October 15 as against the Wednesday, August 19 date previously reported.
Nigeria had placed travel restrictions on international flights into the country on Saturday, March 21 after coronavirus cases hit double figures.
The airport closure was meant to last one month but as cases grew globally, the date of resumption got postponed Domestic flights have, however, resumed in the country with strict measures on COVID-19 guidelines being adopted.
In another report, Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, tested positive to coronavirus.
The minister made the disclosure via his Twitter handle on Sunday, July 19. According to him, he had a throat irritation and he decided to get tested for the fourth time and it came back positive.
The minister revealed that he is now heading for isolation in a health facility while hoping for a full recovery. Onyeama's friend and all, late Mallam Abba Kyari, died of the virus a few months ago.
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