FG Extends Phase Two Of Eased COVID-19 Lockdown By One Week

The Federal Government has announced a one week additional extension to the phase two of the ease of lockdown in the country.

The update was disclosed by Mr Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Monday at the briefing of the PTF which held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“We informed you two weeks ago that the process of submitting the 6th Interim Report and recommendations for next steps had commenced,” said Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

He added, “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 29th July 2020 till Thursday 6th August 2020. It has accordingly secured permission to retain the existing guidelines until that date.”

The PTF chairman noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the extension of phase two of the eased lockdown by another four weeks and was due to expire on Wednesday.

He emphasized that the level of compliance with the existing COVID-19 protocols was discouraging, noting that a majority of Nigerians have continued to live in denial of the dangerous nature of the disease.

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