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COVID-19: PTF to unveil next phase of eased lockdown

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19 shall unveil to Nigerians next steps regarding the remaining phase of the eased lockdown, as findings and recommendations have been compiled and would be presented to President Muhammad Buhari in the 8th Interim Report.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha made this known at the Press Conference on Monday, he reminded Nigerians to continue to take responsibility, remain vigilant and careful as the deadly virus is still very much around.

He said “Over the last few days, global cases crossed the 37 million mark. In the UK, cases have been on the increase, and the 5th highest number of daily cases were recorded on Sunday 11th (12,872). Similarly, Brazil’s case load has also continued to increase with the registration of a daily case load of over 65,000 on the 11th of October.

“On the African continent, 8,987 cases were reported from 34 countries in the last 24 hours leading to a cumulative total case count of 1,587,276 including 38,167 deaths (CFR stands at 2.4%). Nigeria maintains the 5th position (60,266) in highest cumulative cases after South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Ethiopia”.

He reiterated that federating units have the responsibility for determining the dates and modalities for the safe reopening of schools while the Federal Government provides the guidelines, as debate about the safe reopening of schools dominated the space of conversation by concerned citizens and parents.

“The PTF and relevant MDAs have made appreciable progress in the discussions with the European Union over flight restrictions and entry of Nigerian nationals and holders of long-term Schengen visas into the territory. We hope to make a very favourable announcement on this, very soon”, he said.

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