As the second phase of the gradual easing of the lock down in the country ends on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari received briefing from the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Those in attendance were the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Director-General of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and the Coordinator of the PTF on covid-19, Sani Aliyu.
On April 27, President Buhari had announced the gradual easing of a four-week lock down in Lagos, FCT and Ogun states. The first phase of the lock down, which was extended by two weeks elapsed on June 1 and the second phase which was implemented for over four weeks from June 2nd – 29th, is still subject for review, hence the briefing.
In the second phase of the lock down, the Federal Government had relaxed restrictions on worship centers and banking operations while nationwide curfew was retained but extended from 8pm-6am to 10pm-4am in order to reduce the risk of community transmission of the virus.
Four days, the Chairman of the PTF on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, had condemned the serial violations of coronavirus safety protocols by politicians preparing for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states, adding that if he had his way, he would declare another complete lock down in the country.