COVID-19: Apprehension As Nigerian Govt Set To Take Action Amidts Increasing Cases
The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to announce further actions to be taking on the country after the four-week phase III of easing of restrictions elapsed on Monday, June 29, 2020.
Recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria had clamped months of restrictions on the country following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
With the gradual easing of the lockdown over one month ago and the phase II ending on Monday, and in the face of increasing number of positive cases in the country, the presidency will make announcement on further action to take.
The announcement, according to Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, who spoke on Monday, June 29, 2020, would come up on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Mustapha revealed this after the task force members met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
Announcing this was Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to Buhari, who wrote on his Twitter handle,@BashirAhmaad that today (Monday) is the last day of Nigeria’s phase II of the eased lockdown.
Ahmad further said that members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefed and submitted their recommendations to the President for approval, adding that the next lines of action is expected tomorrow.
He Tweeted: “Today (Monday) is the last day of the Nigeria’s phase II of the eased lockdown, members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefed and submitted their recommendations to the President for approval, the next lines of action will be announced tomorrow, SGF Boss Mustapha discloses.”
Others in the delegation were Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health; Dr. Sani Aliyu, Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19 and Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The meeting was meant to brief Buhari on the ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and the next steps to be taken.
The second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the country was for an initial period of four weeks, Mustapha had said.
Recall that President Buhari had on April 27 announced the gradual easing of a five-week lockdown in FCT, Lagos and Ogun states.
The lockdown was eased to a nationwide night curfew (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from May 4 to May 17.
The first phase of the lockdown was subsequently extended by two weeks elapsed midnight on June 1.
The second phase which was implemented over four weeks spanning June 2nd to 29th, is still subject review.
In the second phase, the government had relaxed restrictions on banking operations and worship places.
The 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 level.