BREAKING NEWS: FG Moves To Effect Complete Lockdown Of 18 LGAs Nationwide [SEE LIST]

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BREAKING NEWS: FG Moves To Effect Complete Lockdown Of 18 LGAs Nationwide [SEE LIST]

BREAKING NEWS: FG Moves To Effect Complete Lockdown Of 18 LGAs Nationwide [SEE LIST]

The sum of eighteen local government areas which account for Nigeria's 60% of COVID-19 cases have to be locked down to contain the spread of the pandemic, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 said on Monday.

Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the PTF gave the indication while speaking with State House correspondents after leading some members of the task force to brief President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said affected state governments would implement what he called “precision lockdown.”

While noting that the nation has not reached its peak as far as confirmed cases were concerned, he urged all stakeholders to ensure compliance with all non-pharmaceutical interventions.

He also gave an insight into the reason behind the low fatality rate in Nigeria, saying 80% of the infections are in the age bracket of 31 to 40 years, which he described as a very active part of the population.

According to data earlier released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, 11 out of the 20 local government areas that account for 60% of the cases are in Lagos State

The report listed the LGAs to include Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, Abuja Municipal Area Council, Mushin Local Government Area,  Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos and Tarauni Local Government Area in Kano State.

President Buhari had on April 27 announced the gradual easing of a five-week lockdown in FCT, Lagos and Ogun state.

The lockdown was eased to a nationwide night curfew (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from May 4 to May 17.

The first phase of the lockdown was subsequently extended by two weeks elapsed midnight on June 1.

The second phase which was implemented over four weeks spanning June 2nd – 29th, is still subject review.

In the second phase, the government had relaxed restrictions on banking operations and worship places.

The federal government had retained nationwide curfew but the time was reduced from 10pm to 4am, to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of the transmissions of the virus which is now on community transmission level.

It had also removed restrictions on the movement of goods and services in the second phases.

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