Covid-19: Nigeria extends curfew by two weeks


The presidential task force on Covid-19 has announced that the gradual easing of the lockdown will remain in place until June 1, 2020.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, announced this at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate extension of the 8 pm to 6 am in the country and the ban on interstate travel by an additional two weeks.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.

“Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace.

“Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.

”Based on the recommendations of the PTF, Mr President has approved the following:

”The measures, exemptions, advisories and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 00 midnight today (18th May 2020 to 1st June 2020)” Mustapha said.

He also revealed that the extension will enable other sectors yet to open prepare measures for the eventual easing of the lockdown.

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