COVID-19: Nigerian govt not considering another lockdown – PTF
NEWS DIGEST – The federal government through the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, has debunked news that another lockdown is imminent in the country.
Mr Aliyu in a video shared on social media said information that the country may impose a lockdown due to spike in COVID-19 cases was not true.
“We are aware of the message going wrong that we have declared lockdown in the country, this is absolutely not true,” Mr Aliyu said.
“I call on Nigerians to ignore this message and continue with their normal activities and also abide by all non-pharmaceutical measures.”
In a separate statement signed by Willie Bassey, Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), the PTF said it was not considering another lockdown.
“The attention of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 has been drawn to some misinformation circulating on the social media to the effect that the Federal Government is contemplating another lockdown this weekend.
“The PTF wishes to state categorically that there is no such consideration at any of its meetings nor has any recommendation been made to this effect to the President,” the statement reads.
The statement indicated that such unpatriotic misinformation is capable of causing unnecessary panic and anxiety among the populace.
It urged Nigerians to disregard the misinformation and join hands with the government to contain the spread of the virus by adhering to Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI’s) as recommended by the PTF.