The activities include recreational, sporting and religious activities as well as compulsory closure of schools, while all government staff on GL 12 and below are to stay at home. Senate, FG Intensify Efforts To Procure COVID-19 Vaccine. "Because if we have the vaccine, it would take quite some time before everybody gets it. Pixabay. Only those providing essential services will be permitted to cross state boundaries. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821, repeated it. The Presidential Task Force against Covid-19 is considering restricting international travel into Nigeria as fear of a second wave triggered a second lockdown of the country. "In line with the authorisation, the PTF wishes to issue the following advisories to sub-national entities for implementation over the next five weeks because these activities are considered super spreader events. "States are advised to implement the following: Encourage virtual meetings in government offices. Although he did not post any text that suggests a second lockdown, his tweet contains a locked yellow padlock, a downward arrow in a blue box, and the figure '2.0'. While offering advice to strengthen risk communication and community engagement activities over the next five weeks, the PTF said, "States are encouraged to engage community and religious leaders, arrange town hall meetings (ideally set outdoors) to address concerns; Intensify public messaging activities, leveraging on existing government and partner assets; Reach out to youths and younger adults with health promotion activities; Invest in local face mask purchase and distribution to the general public to encourage use. Meanwhile, the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had earlier hinted that the federal government was mulling a possible imposition of a fresh travel ban to and fro certain parts of the world. "While I do not want to pre-empt the PTF because we are meeting this afternoon (Monday), it is going to be top on the agenda of our discussions. He added that the administration has begun 10 scientific researches on. BREAKING: Nigeria lifts interstate travel ban, schools to re-open: The Federal Government has extended the Phase Two of the eased lockdown by four weeks, but partially lifted the ban on interstate movement. President Muhammadu Buhari says the nation’s response to the COVID-19 disease is a matter of ‘life and death’. 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He added that, "the vaccine distribution plan has been developed and will be further updated with the micro-planning process as the need arises.". According to Mohammed, the federal government will not hesitate in giving the directive if it is the only way Nigerians can be protected from the agony of the new variant of COVID-19. READ our Privacy-policy and cookie policy. Briefing the Senate leadership, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said four holding points had been identified by the agency for storage of the vaccine. The federal government also said it may further impose a fresh travel ban to and fro certain parts of the world due to the mutated strain of COVID-19 manifesting itself in the United Kingdom and some other nations across the globe. ... 9:18 am Ending child sexual abuse in Nigeria… ", On schools, Mustapha said the PTF, on the advice of the. The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate spread of the virus from state to state. Meanwhile, the Senate leadership yesterday evening met with representatives of the federal government in a move that would see to the purchase of the COVID-19 vaccines next year by the government. Technical Feedback: whatsapp 08023469027 By Henry Amobi I drove yesterday by road, from Lagos to the East. Nigeria: Covid-19 - Another Lockdown Imminent As Govt Imposes 5-Week Restrictions. Finally Comes An End Of Lockdown In Nigeria.mr President Said by Buezejames: 9:01am On May 04. The Federal Government has also given permission for interstate movement outside of the curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Nigeria goment don lift di ban on interstate travel only outside curfew hours with effect from July 1st, 2020. The new phase of the lockdown also places a ban on interstate movement, gatherings with more than 20 people among others. The protection of Nigerians remains our primary concern and we reassure Nigerians of our resolve not to relent.". The Federal Government has banned interstate movement effective Monday, May 4 , as part of new measures to fight the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic, Muhammadu Buhari announced Monday. The forum also agreed to an interstate lockdown for two weeks. Extension of the federal lockdown ends on Sunday May 9th. ABUJA: The Federal Government has announced the second phase of its eased lockdown which would be in place for four weeks. "The PTF, Aviation and health authorities, including the WHO, are assessing the situation closely and would take a position as soon as cogent scientific basis are established. Across Nigeria, di partial lockdown or curfew don make pipo siddon for house or work part time, even affect schools, businesses and religion. Amid fears of a new strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, a tweet by presidential aide, Mr Bashir Ahmad, containing a locked yellow padlock, a downward arrow in a blue box, and the figure '2.0' had sparked mixed reactions on Twitter over another total lockdown in the country in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic. Event. In the last couple of days, Nigeria saw its highest single-day COVID-19 cases, figures that are higher than those reported in the early months of the outbreak in the country. To curtail the spread of the pandemic, the federal and some state governments have been coming up with various measures, which include total lockdown in three states, partial lockdown in few states, with a ban on religious and social activities. Speaking at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 yesterday, the chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said, "His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has authorised the PTF to engage with the States and the FCT to assume full ownership of this stage of the response by deploying legal structures and resources, including enforcement to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions. The minister disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a Special Forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). This was disclose yesterday in Jalingo by the Taraba state commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakai during an end of the year media briefing. The Federal Government will have to, in addition to buying these vaccines, pay for the operational cost which is estimated to be about $1.6USD per person. ... the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has accredited 15 laboratories across the … The union announced t... 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The forum made the call in a communiqué issued after its Wednesday’s 6th teleconference meeting, signed by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.Fayemi …   Control, NCDC that all members of the scheme should be tested on arrival at various orientation camps across the country, the Eleven NYSC members were discovered to be with the disease in Taraba state on arrival at the camp. It was probably one of the most rugged vehicles ev... By Joseph Erunke THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has finally suspended its strike. Coronavirus Economy - How Bad Will It Get With Inflation? Download Vanguard News App. Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha disclosed this at a briefing Monday in Abuja. China virus has done a lot of damage to both the lives and the economy of Nigeria. All the eateries along the way and most of the businesses which rely on travelling citizens for daily bread are comatose. He enjoined Nigerians to comply with the advisory being regularly issued by the PTF, including the use of face mask, compliance with social distancing protocols and regular washing of hands with soap and water. As some of the Twitter users warn the government against the negative effects of another lockdown, others see it as a welcome development while some give hilarious reactions. The Nigerian government says the lockdown order placed on some states by President Muhammadu Buhari will be lifted when citizens fully comply with preventive measures to curtail against COVID-19. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Wednesday, announced 348 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 11,166. As of Thursday, it was unclear if President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized the governors' decision. 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The lockdown was eased to a nationwide night curfew (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from May 4 to May 17. Nigeria relaxed its 35-day lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states following President Muhammadu Buhari's order, given last week during his national address. Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (June 02, 2020) Location: Nigeria Event: Federal Government Update of COVID-19 Lockdown Directive Nigerian President Buhari and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) have approved measures to being ‘phase two’ to ease the lockdown, which has been in place since March 29, 2020. The initial six weeks eased lockdown would end by midnight of Monday, … Interstate lockdown: FG speaks on date for relaxed movement. "That means we need to continue to campaign for our people to continue to use face-masks and hand sanitizers as well as keep to social distancing. After Two Weeks of High Figures, Covid-19 Infections Decline for Second Day. 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"This additional 20 percent requirement in 2021 will have to be funded by the government of Nigeria. The acting secretary disclosed the FCTA in partnership with the World. There was a problem processing your submission. Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox. Many states, however, amended the curfew time, largely to commence from 10 p.m. and end at 5 a.m. Also, with the establishment of seven isolation/treatment centres, with 920 total bed capacity, including ICU facilities, the territory also exceeds the 300 bed capacity recommended for states by the PTF on COVID-19. "For 2021, GAVI-eligible countries like Nigeria will be supported through the COVAX AMC facility in the procurement of 20 percent for the total population. The Federal Government, on Monday, said the recent order of the President Muhammadu Buhari on gradual ease of lockdown will remain in force Sunday, December 6 2020 BREAKING "Enforce compliance with NPI protocols especially the advisory on wearing of face masks in public spaces; reduce overcrowding in public spaces, markets, shopping centres, offices and schools. The government has also lifted the ban placed on interstate travels with effect from July 1, provided such journeys are made outside curfew hours. Besides measures to prevent the importation of the new strain of. By submitting above, you agree to our privacy policy. The governors of Nigeria's 36 states have agreed to ban interstate movement for two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, a joint statement said. Vakai said based on the instructions by the National Center For Disease. Meanwhile, as the fear of escalation mounts, not fewer than Eleven National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members have tested positive of COVID-19 at NYSC Orientation Camp in Jalingo, Taraba state capital. ABUJA: The Federal Government has announced the second phase of its eased lockdown which would be in place for four weeks. He said, "We are more concerned about the new strain of COVID-19 which is manifesting itself in the UK; that is the mutated strain. Nigeria to open further amid virus spike; interstate lockdown fails Nigerian government is expected to further ease-up COVID-19 restrictions by Monday, this newspaper has learnt. COVID-19, including randomised clinical trials on drugs effectiveness and management of the virus infection, while the secretariat would ensure the accreditation of FCTA hospitals for Postgraduate Residency Training, as well as the establishment of a standard Residency Training Programme to ensure sustained specialist consultant manpower development. 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