President Muhammadu Buhari will be addressing Nigerians on Monday evening, as the first phase of the gradual easing of the coronavirus lockdown comes to an end.
This was announced by the national coordinator of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani during an interview on ‘Sunday Politics’, a programme on Channels TV.
Aliyu revealed that the president’s address will majorly focus on whether or not the country will proceed with the second phase of easing the lockdown.
Boss Mustapha, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the federal government might impose ‘isolated lockdowns’ in certain parts of the country.
The PTF chairman who dismissed the possibility of another nationwide lockdown, stated that some cluster areas in certain parts of the country, would be closely monitored for possible intervention as advised by medical experts.
According to him, Isolated lockdowns might not affect the entire states, but affected parts for efficient administration, enforcement and monitoring.
Mustapha cited the federal government’s intervention in Kano State, as an example of how the isolated lockdown might look.
He also noted that the situations reports across the country were being monitored closely, so the federal government will determine when to intervene.
On Saturday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 338 new positive cases of coronavirus, increasing the tally to 5,959 in the country. A total of 1,472 have been discharged, while the number of deaths rose to 176.