Ban on Interstate Movement Lifted By Nigeria’s Fed. Govt, As Some States Report Spike In Covid-19 Cases


The Oasis Reporters

June 30, 2020

The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been reported as having moved to lift the strict ban on inter-state travel, initially imposed to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Government on Monday lifted the ban on interstate movement effective from July 1, 2020.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the daily media briefing, according to a news report.

National coordinator of PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu also added that only fifty per cent of the passengers of the buses are allowed during travels.

“Only 50% of the passengers are allowed with compulsory use of face mask,” he said.

The PTF, however, reaffirmed the continuation of the nationwide curfew between 10 pm and 4 am adding that “travels are not expected at this period”.

However, most states have reported a spike in cases, which is either so because more testing is being done, or a surge is being experienced due to non compliance to NCDC regulations in keeping with global protocols.

On Sunday June 28, 490 new confirmed cases and 7 deaths of coronavirus were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,006 samples across the country.

To date, 24,567 cases have been confirmed, 9,007 cases have been discharged and 565 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

A total of 130,164 tests have been carried out as of June 28th, 2020 compared to 127,158 tests a day earlier.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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