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FG Extends Eased Lockdown by One Week

The Federal Government has extended the phase two of the ease of lockdown in the country by another one week.

It also announced the scheduled inauguration of a new isolation centre in Abuja.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday during the PTF briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Mustapha said, “We informed you two weeks ago that the process of submitting the Sixth Interim Report and recommendations for the next steps had commenced. The PTF has reached advanced stages of the process.

“It has also considered that due to the upcoming Sallah (Eid El-Kabir) festivities which coincide with the expiration of the current phase, it would be prudent to extend by one week, from 29th July 2020 till Thursday, 6th August 2020.

“It has accordingly secured permission to retain the existing guidelines until that date.

​”Considering the importance of international air travel to the economy, the PTF and the aviation sector are working hard to fast track the reopening of the international airspace.

“Most importantly, the arrival protocols for passengers on inbound flights are being firmed up for seamless testing and detection. Relevant MDAs will be holding further consultations.

“The COVID-19 remains very virulent and very dangerous,” he said.

The PTF chairman, however, appealed to Nigerians to comply with the precautionary guidelines and measures put in place.

“If you do not need to go outside your home, please stay indoors. Avoid large gatherings and observe all the measures,” he noted.

Adding, Mustapha said, “​In recent times, our risk communication teams have developed messages aimed at resonating very well with different demographic groups.

The common string is the message for compliance and the proper wearing of face masks and coverings in public spaces. The National Coordinator will be elaborating further on this.

​”As we prepare for the Eid-El-Kabir celebration, we also want to urge all our Muslim Brothers and Sisters and indeed all Nigerians to continue to observe all measures.

“We note with delight, the increasing number of States that have shelved activities during the Eid-el-Kabir and we still urge others yet to do so, to follow suit.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire announced that a new isolation centre will be inaugurated soon in Abuja.

“It is our desire to reduce fatality rate as I have said, expand training capacities such that our health system cannot get overwhelmed.

“In this regard, the Federal Ministry of Health expects to take delivery of a newly completed isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, very soon just as other centres are under construction nationwide.

“So, we are expanding our bed spaces and capacity to admit in expectation as we have always said, being able to prepare for the worst and strive for the best,” Ehanire said.


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