Members of PTF on COVID-19 Briefing President Buhari in Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT, Monday, June 29, 2020 Photo: Channels TV

COVID-19: PTF briefs Buhari, presents situation report

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has received a briefing on the situation report from Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the State House, in Abuja, FCT.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19; Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable Minister for Health; Dr. Sani Aliyu, Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19; and Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), briefed President Buhari Monday, June 29, 2020, on the Coronavirus situation, as the second phase of the gradual easing of the pandemic lockdown ends in the country.

Earlier, the Task Force had said that it would present its updated situation report on the national response efforts to President Buhari Monday.

ConsumerConnect reports the PTF had anticipated to table its assessment of Nigerians’ level of compliance with the regulations and guidelines, and proposed recommendations for the next stage of national response to the disease.

Mr. Mustapha at the press briefing of the Task Force Thursday, June 25, had reminded the nation that the second phase of the eased lockdown, which started June 1, 2020, would be ending at the weekend.

He urged Nigerians to await the next step in the fight against the devastating virus in the country.

Nigerians have been clamouring for reopening of activities and total removal of restrictions and lockdowns, especially with respect to schools and interstate travel.

Mustapha stated the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the country was for an initial period of four weeks.

The President April 27 had announced the gradual easing of a five-week lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun State.

The lockdown was eased to a nationwide night curfew (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from May 4 to May 17.

The first phase of the lockdown was subsequently extended by two weeks elapsed midnight on June 1.

The second phase which was implemented over four weeks spanning June 2nd – 29th, is still subject review.

In the second phase, the government had relaxed restrictions on banking operations and worship places.

The Federal Government had retained nationwide curfew but the time was reduced from 10pm to 4am, to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of the transmissions of the virus which is now on community transmission level.

It had also removed restrictions on the movement of goods and services in the second phase.

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