Nigeria enters third phase of eased lockdown

….Buhari extends PTF lifespan till December
Nigeria has entered into third phase of the eased lockdown, after three extension of the second phase, the Presidential Taskforce has said.

The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, who stated this, also announced the extension of the lifespan of the task force till December ending by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking on Thursday during the PTF’s news briefing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the SGF said the third phase of the eased lockdown would be sustained till a time when the epidemic is sufficiently controlled.

“Accordingly, Mr. President has considered and approved the following: transition into the third phase of the National Response to COVID-19 for a period of four weeks with effect from 12.01 am on Friday, September 4, 2020, in line with amendments to address economic, socio-political and health considerations reflected in the implementation guidelines,” he said.

The PTF Chairman added that the body would keep engaging with states and local governments to improve community sensitisation on the response and maintaining the current non-pharmaceutical interventions nationwide.

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