COVID-19:There Will Not Be Fresh Lockdown Of Economy-FG - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

COVID-19:There Will Not Be Fresh Lockdown Of Economy-FG

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that there would not be fresh  lockdown of the nation's economy, to contain the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country. 

Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed  made the clarification on Tuesday while responding to questions  on a Radio Nigeria programme, “Politics Nationwide’’, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Muhammed quickly explained that the directives by President Muhamedu Buhari and position of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 at its briefing on Monday, did not translate to partial or total lockdown.

Most Nigerians including some of the listeners who called during the live programme had expressed concern over the possibility of another fresh   lockdown arising from the spike in the spread of the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic,which might have negative effects on the economy that is still struggling to get out of recession.

The minister explained that what the Federal Government had done was to reduce the chances of mass gathering by directing its workers from Level 12 below to work from home.

He said the government also reiterated already existing ban on night clubs and other COVID-19 protocols.

“The Federal Government has not declared a fresh lockdown.

“What we have done is that we have simply reiterated the old protocols and asked federal workers on Level 12 and below to stay at home and they will still receive their salaries.

“Lagos state has equally asked their level 14 workers and below to work from home and Kaduna state has done the same.

“Therefore, there is no fresh lockdown and the issue of hardship and economy meltdown does not arise,’’ he said.

The minister said that the government also reminded Nigerians that the ban on social gathering is still on and Churches and Mosques should obey the social gathering rules.

He said the directive is to curtail people from gathering because they found out that COVID had reached level of community transmission.

Mohammed said the protocols on foreign travels subsist to the effect that those travelling to Nigeria would not be able to come on board unless they have the certificate that they tested negative for the virus.

He said when they arrive into the country, they must self-isolate for seven days after which they would go back for confirmation test

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