Saturday, 16 May 2020

COVID-19: Nigerian govt issues strong warning to states lifting ban on religious, social gathering

The federal government has warned states lifting lockdown, to weigh the consequences of their decisions.

President Muhammadu Buhari on May 4, relaxed a five-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.

In the last 48 hours, states like Borno, Ebonyi, Gombe and Adamawa have all lifted restrictions.

However, speaking on Friday at the daily briefing on the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, called for caution.

“In providing leadership for the fight against this pandemic. Mr. President did encourage state governments to adapt national guidelines as suitable to their state and expects that such adaptation should be informed by empirical evidence of progress made,” Mustapha said.
 


“The PTF, therefore, urges states that are lifting restrictions which allows for large congregation of people to weigh their consequences in relation to creating opportunities for more seeding of the virus ,thereby negating gains already made.”

As at today, 5,445 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Nigeria.

A total of 1,320 patients have been discharged, while 171 have died.

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