Nigeria Extends Lockdown By One Week

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Pandemic has announced the extension of phase two of the eased lockdown, which ought to have ended on 29 July, by another one more week.

Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha made the announcement during Monday’s media briefing by the task force in Abuja.

Mustapha who is also Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) disclosed that the one week extension had been necessitated by the fact the end of phase two coincides with Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

“We informed you two weeks ago that the process of submitting the 6th Interim Report and recommendations for next steps had commenced. 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.

International Flights To Resume Soon

The PTF Chairman also announced that says it is working in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Aviation to reopen international flights operations as soon as possible.

Mustapha said “Considering the importance of international air travel to the economy, the PTF and the Aviation Sector are working hard to fast track reopening of the international airspace.

“Most importantly, the arrival protocols for passengers on in-bound flights are being firmed up for seamless testing and detection. Relevant MDAs will be holding further consultations,”

“It has accordingly secured permission to retain the existing guidelines till that date,” he said.

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He also tasked Nigerians, especially Muslims, to continue to adhere strictly to the government protocols to curb the spread of the virus, during the coming Eid-el-kabir celebration.

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