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Coronavirus: Nigerian Government To Review Lockdown Relaxation This Week

PTF says the relaxation of the lockdown will be reviewed this week.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has revealed that the relaxation of the lockdown will be reviewed this week in order to make further decisions on fight against coronavirus.

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The National Coordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliyu, who disclosed this during the daily briefing on Tuesday, warned that the task force would not hesitate to change strategy if the current directive is not working.

“We continue to monitor closely some of the guidelines we have produced,” he said.

“You are probably aware that by the end of this week, we will be coming to the end of the second week of easing the lockdown and we will be taking further decisions based on the review of the performance of the restrictions that we have in place. And we will not hesitate to change our strategy if it looks like it is not working.”

Aliyu urged members of the public to refrain from interstate travels which he said is fast-tracking the spread of COVID-19.

“The PTF continues to see disturbing trends where vehicles are carrying large numbers of people across state borders,” he said.

“We urge the public to please refrain from interstate travels. Only travels that are essential or travel involving the conveyance of essential goods is allowed.

“Movement across state borders is fast tracking the dissemination and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country. We are advising state governments across the country and security agencies to increase those measures and surveillance required to keep people within the state borders.”

KanyiDaily recalls that the PTF had warned Nigerians of a possible fresh lockdown due to violation of the guidelines marked out to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Aliyu said if Nigerians continue to fail to respect and follow all the lockdown guidelines, the PTF might review and possibly change them.

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