The Federal Government has lifted ban placed on interstate movement months back.
It has also approved what it called, “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID-19.
However, only graduating students will resume.
Similarly, it approved the safe resumption of domestic flights in the country.
The chairman of Covid-19 PTF and Secretary to the Federal Government Boss Mustapha made this known during the daily briefing after meeting with President Muhammdu Buhari.
Read Full Speech Below:
REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION/CHAIRMAN OF THE PTF-COVID-19 AT THE NATIONAL PRESS BRIEFING OF MONDAY, 29th JUNE, 2020
I welcome you all to the National Briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 for Monday, 29th June, 2020.
2. When the PTF briefed the nation on 1st June, 2020, we informed you that Mr. President had approved amongst others, that we should proceed into phase two of the eased lock down for a period of four weeks to enable the PTF evaluate the developments properly and continue to ensure balance between lives and livelihood.
We also cautioned that the gradual relaxation was subject to review should developments warrant it.
3. Within the Month under review, the PTF continued to monitor developments and consistently admonished Nigerians to change their behavior in view of the fact that the spread of the virus had entered the community phase. It is the considered opinion of the PTF that Nigerians, though aware of the existence of the virus, have generally misunderstood the objectives behind the reasoning of government in gradually relaxing the restrictions.
4. Forr the purpose of emphasis, the virus is still dangerous and has continued to wreak havoc at home and abroad. The exponential rise in number of cases detected and the fatalities gives cause for concern. Statistically, the following numbers should interest us:
Global, African and Nigerian Situation as at 27th June, 2020
Recent Spike in Daily Numbers
125,039 reported in the USA on 26/06/2020
779 reported in Nigeria on 27/06 2020
Statistical comparison between the exact dates in the months of May and June, 2020 .
Period of Comparison
May 28 2020
June 27th 2020
Daily Reported Statistics in Nigeria from 18-27 June, 2020:
(i) For eight out of the days the daily numbers exceeded 500; and
(ii) For every detected case, there is a high possibility that up to five (5) have not submitted to testing and therefore not detected.
5.As we are all aware, the PTF in conjunction with sub-national entities, the organized private sector, put in places a number of measures. The PTF also escalated its activities around risk communication to Nigerians but we have observed with growing concern the non-compliances with these measures designed to prevent transmission and protect vulnerable segments of the population. We hold the strong view that if such actions do not abate, experiences of resurgence of the virus from other jurisdictions including China, the United States of America, Brazil and across Europe may emerge in Nigeria and we run the risk of erasing the gains made in the last three months.
6.By way of a reminder, there is presently no known vaccine for the virus and that all over the world non-pharmaceutical measures still remain the most effective fighting opportunity we have for overcoming this pandemic.
7.To further strengthen our National Response, the PTF in the intervening period vigorously built partnerships locally and internationally. Similarly, we fully have decentralised the National Response with State Governments and communities taking ownership and more responsibility. These efforts have greatly improved our ability to maximally detect, trace, isolate and treat nationwide successfully.
8.The PTF has also continued to pursue the strategic thrust of “telling (communicate), tracing (identify) and treating (manage)” cases, with a stronger focus on precision interventions in high burdened LGAs within identified states of the Federation. This precision intervention will be signposted by:
i. Aggressive scaling up of efforts to ensure effective community protection and sensitisation; and
ii. Increased provision of support and guidance to states in their response to the outbreak.