FG lifts ban on interstate movement, approves reopening of schools

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The Federal Government on Monday lifted ban on interstate movement effective from July 1, 2020.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the daily media briefing.

There was however apprehensions in some quarters that the country might be pushed into another total lockdown following the continuous increase in recorded cases.

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National coordinator of PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu also added that only fifty percent of the passengers of the buses are allowed during travels.

“Only 50% of the passengers are allowed with compulsory use of face mask,” he said.

The PTF, however, reaffirmed the continuation of the nationwide curfew between 10 pm and 4 am adding that “travels are not expected at this period.”

The PTF had earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on the second phase of the gradual easing of lockdown announced four weeks ago.

The SGF led the Minster of health, Osagie Ehanire, the Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, and the Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, to brief the president.

Mustapha, while speaking with state house correspondent after the meeting explained that the country’s mortality rate rom COVID-19 which stands at 2 percent is low because the age bracket most affected are able to successfully fight the disease.

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He said that about 80 percent of those who have tested positive for the virus in Nigeria are in the age bracket of 31 to 40 years, which he said are very active part of the population.

Meanwhile the federal government has also approved reopening of schools nationwide for final year students in Senior Secondary schools and Junior Secondary schools.

The reopening of schools was meant to allow students in graduating classes, final year students, resume preparation for examinations.

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