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Nigeria govt extends eased lockdown till August 6


The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday announced the extension of the current phase two of eased lockdown by one week.

With the extension, the phase which was initially scheduled to end on July 29, will now end on August 6.

The chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the PTF press briefing on Monday in Abuja.

Mustapha said, “The PTF has continued to evaluate the developments, as well as the level of compliance nationwide, and has regrettably come to the inevitable conclusion that majority of Nigerians, irrespective of status, creed and level of education, continue to live in denial on the virulent nature of the virus and consistently breach the  guidelines and non-pharmaceutical measures put in place.

“We informed you two weeks ago that the process of submitting the 6th interim report and recommendations for 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 July 29, 2020 till Thursday, August 6, 2020.
“It has accordingly secured permission to retain the existing guidelines till that date.” Punch

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