COVID-19: No lock-down for now, says FG

The Federal Government, yesterday, said that the economic and social implications may make it difficult for it to impose another lock-down in the country. It also said that from just two national reference laboratories, Nigeria now has over 100 public and private laboratories across all the states for the testing of Covid-19.

These came as Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede,  directed relevant formations to enforce temporary travel restrictions by the Federal Government on 100 travelers that defaulted Covid-19 tests. Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has fixed January 18,  for the resumption of schools for the second term of 2020/2021 academic session, while Nasarawa State Government yesterday ordered public and private schools in the state to remain closed from the initial January 4, 2021, to a new resumption date in two weeks.

Also, Edo State has recorded 36 new cases of coronavirus in the last five days,  bringing to 198, the number of cases of the virus since it started tracking the second wave of the pandemic in the state from December 1, 2020. In another development, a mobile court in the Federal Capital Territory,  FCT, has ordered that four parks and gardens in the territory be sealed off for two weeks for violating the Covid-19 regulations. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who addressed newsmen in Lagos, however, urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to all Covid-19 protocols laid down by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.

He said: “I don’t think there is anywhere the Federal Government said it will impose another lock-down. However, the Federal Government is not happy that Nigerians are not observing all the Covid-19 protocols like washing of hands and wearing of face masks. The Federal Government is aware of the economic and social implications of having another lock-down. The Federal Government will, however, urge Nigerians to follow all the Covid-19 protocols.”

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