The Federal Government today announced its plan to reintroduce COVID-19 restrictions in the country.
This was made known by Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Covid-19, while briefing reporters on Monday in Abuja. The new directive is to take effect by midnight of tomorrow, Tuesday.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that, this improvement is more likely due to fear of casualty from terrorist attacks rather than the virus.
The NCDC boss, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu on his twitter handle revealed that the move was to reduce the risk of a surge in covid-19 cases in the country.
“Today @PSCCOVID19, we reflected on the increasing trend in #COVID19 cases in some countries.
“We must do all we can to reduce the risk of a surge in cases in #Nigeria. We can’t afford this in our country.
“We must all take responsibility for our country – government & individuals,” he wrote.
With the restrictions imposed, mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time.
Access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask while government meetings and travels have been limited to the virtual platform.
According to Mohammed, the government has directed that bars and nightclubs remain closed and the nationwide curfew will be in force until further notice.
He added that only essential international travels would be allowed, and all existing protocols must be strictly adhered to.
No limitations were placed on intra-state travel.