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Eased lockdown for another 4weeks as places of worship to reopen

By Oluwaseun Sonde

Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19 has based on the overall assessment, the opinion that Nigeria is ready to allow Science and Data determine her cautious advancement into the second phase of the eased lockdown for a period of four weeks, as relaxation of restriction on places of Worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and Protocols agreed by State Governments.

The Chairman of PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha disclosed this at the Press Conference on Monday, he said Nigeria has not reached the peak of confirmed cases as the battle against COVID-19 pandemic is a long term one.

He added that President Muhammed Buhari approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd to 29th June, 2020, subject to review, Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the national response to COVID-19, application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission of COVID-19 in the country, Mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities.

“Sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: Ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace; Relaxation of restriction on places of Worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and Protocols agreed by State Governments, Managed access to markets and locations of economic activity to limit the risk of transmission, Ban on inter-state travels except for movement of agricultural produce, petroleum products, manufactured goods and essential services.

“Mandatory use of non-medical face masks in public places, Mandatory provision of handwashing facilities/ sanitisers in all public places, Extensive temperature checks in public places, Maintaining 2 metres between people in public places, Strengthening infection prevention and control at healthcare facilities, Isolation of vulnerable populations (elderly and those with underlying health conditions) Massive information and education campaigns.​

“Deepening of collaborative efforts with the community leaders, civil society, faith-based organisations, traditional institutions, etc, Continuous mobilisation of State governments to take up greater role in the implementation of the guidelines and advisories provided by the PTF, Continued provision of support by the NCDC to States through guidelines to shape decision-making in responding to high burden LGAs and Wards; and easing the total lockdown of Kano State and introduction of Phase One of the Eased Lockdown”.

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