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COVID-19: FG extends eased lockdown, lifts ban on interstate, schools

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has lifted the ban placed on interstate travels, safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations as the phase two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha disclosed this at the Press Conference in Abuja on Monday, he said citizens can travel from July 1, provided such journeys are made outside curfew hours.

According to him, “the new developments are relayed in the Task Force’s 5th Interim Report, which was submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari earlier on Monday. I am pleased to inform you that Mr President has carefully considered it.

“He has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.

“Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations; lift of ban on interstate travels, safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable,” Mustapha said.


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