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COVID-19: FG extends partial lockdown by a month

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has extended the partial lockdown in the country.

The PTF Chairman, Bos Mustapha announced this at the task force’s weekly briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the previous extension of the eased phase three lockdown which ends today will be further extended for a month.

He said, “The PTF is improving on the International Travel Portal to minimise the challenges passengers keep encountering.

“Similarly, it is reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which is due to expire today.

“In view of the fact that our numbers are not abating, all extant measures prescribed in these guidelines are (subject to some modifications) extended by a period of one month with effect from Tuesday, January 26, 2020.”

Mustapha also assured Nigerians that the government’s plan to get the first set of 100,000 vaccine doses in early weeks of February are progressing.

He added, “We wish to assure all Nigerians that the vaccines will be safe and effective when eventually it is deployed. We enjoin everyone to join in the campaign to eliminate vaccine hesitancy.

“I have to however advise all Nigerians that the only source of vaccines that is safe and effective in Nigeria is through the channels of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“Please do not patronise any one hawking or marketing vaccines.”

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