COVID-19: We Will Review Lockdown Ease If Necessary – Boss Mustapha

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The federal government has said it will review an ease on the lockdown if it is necessary to do so.

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 revealed this during the Press briefing of the PTF in Abuja.

Mustapha asked that Nigerians should follow the guidelines reeled out by the Task Force as COVID-19 is still a highly infectious disease in the country.

“It must be underscored that the decisions of the President and the guidelines providing the details are both products of a coordinated effort, designed to enable us achieve a sustainable balance between lives and livelihoods.

“The PTF is conscious of the fact there is a high possibility of members of the public seeing the easing as a signal that COVID is gone. On the contrary, COVID-19 is still virulent, dangerous and infectious. Our lives have changed for good and will never revert to what we used to know. That is why we have urged all the employers, employees and leaders of sectors allowed to re-open to diligently comply with non-pharmaceutical measures prescribed in the guidelines and the protocols agreed by State governments.

“As we have always maintained, the fight against this pandemic is not a joke and because the science, data and experiences that drive our National Response are constantly evolving, we urge all citizens to religiously implement applicable guidelines at specific phases of the battle,

“It is also important to stress that the PTF shall continue to monitor the progress and keep the option of a review open should the need arise. I therefore urge all sub-national entities with which we have been collaborating to expeditiously factor the guidelines into their decisions and resultant protocols that would be agreed to. I further urge them to strengthen their enforcement and monitoring mechanisms so as to ensure that the desired results are achieved.”