Buhari Extends Phase Two Of COVID-19 Lockdown By Four Weeks


Nigerian Government on Monday extended the second phased of the eased lockdown for another four weeks.

The chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 Boss Mustapha during the daily briefing said that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the phased lockdown for four weeks.

Mustapha said his team is “committed to striking a delicate balance between lives and livelihood.”

“Mr. President has carefully considered and approved that with the exception of some modifications, Phase 2 of the Eased Lockdown will be extended for another 4 weeks : 30 June – 27 July 2020,” Mustapha said.

However, the government made some modifications of the phase 2 of the eased lockdown which include the reopening of airports for local flights “as soon as practicable,” reopening of schools for exiting students in secondary schools and the lift of ban on interstate travels.

Mustapha said the reopening of schools was meant to allow students in graduating classes to resume preparation for examinations.

According to him, nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am is still intact while the use of face masks in public places is still mandatory.

Offices are still meant to be 75 per cent filled while banks retain it’s full working hours.

On Sunday, 490 new confirmed cases and 7 deaths of coronavirus were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,006 samples across the country.

To date, 24567 cases have been confirmed, 9,007 cases have been discharged and 565 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

A total of 130,164 tests have been carried out as of June 28th, 2020 compared to 127,158 tests a day earlier.


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