COVID-19; PTF reveals why lockdown wasn’t lifted.

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The presidential task force on COVID-19 on Monday explained why the lockdown across States won’t be fully lifted yet.

PFT declared that “any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace”

It also listed the new directions approved by president Buhari.

PTF chairman and secretary to the government of the federation spoke during a national briefing. In the full text of his 40 point remarks seen. Mustapha announced that the first phase of the federal government’s three pronged strategy had been reviewed.

He said measures Put in place yielded progress that requires consolidation to ensure that the health system and economy are in a position to adequately respond to any potential outcomes in the future, including a secondary outbreak.

PTF noted that the gradual re- opening of the economy has been sign posted by the controlled opening, increased access to markets, banks and other income yielding activities for the vulnerable population.

Mustapha said going forward; PTF shall intensify the mobilisation of individuals, especially the communities to take ownership of the fight.

Thus, according to him, will be accompanied by a development of infrastructure and other public health measures to be undertaken in every community and at every phase of the response , surveillance, case finding, testing, isolation, tracing and quarantining contacts.

Mustapha added; based on PTF recommendations, Mr president has approved That the measures, exemptions, advisories and scope of entities allowed to re- open under phase one of the eased lockdown, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 midnight today ( 18th May, 2020 to 1st June, 2020); intensifying efforts to tell, trace and treat cases.

Others are elevating the level of community ownership of non pharmaceutical interventions; maintain the existing lockdown order in Kano for an additional two weeks.

State Governors are reminded to align their state specific measures with the guidelines issued by the presidential task force. The level of compliance has been reviewed and a specific directive has been issued to the security agencies to carry out strict enforcement of all measures.

These include the Nationwide curfew from 8.00pm to 6.00Am . The ban on interstate travels and the wearing of facemasks, coverings in public. Security agents are however urged to be mindful of the human rights of citizens, while citizens are equally urged to recognise the dangers posed to self, their loved ones and the entire community, if they fail to take responsibility.

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