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20 LGAs owned 60% of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Nigeria- FG

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 has submitted its fourth interim report regarding the two-week extension of the first phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown imposed to scuttle the spread of the pandemic.

The taskforce also appraised President Buhari of the progress so far achieved in the last two weeks of the extension of the ease phase one of the lockdown.

The Chairman of the taskforce, Mr Boss Mustapha told newsmen, after their meeting with President Buhari, that they as well discussed some of the challenges experienced and suggested the next line of action.

He said they discussed the issues of places of worship, schools, and certain businesses that were hitherto not opened and made recommendations, which needs the President’s approval.

Mr Boss Mustapha said they were awaiting the President’s approval concerning the segment of the economy to be allowed to open.

On the non-compliant stance taken by some states regarding the protocols mandated by the taskforce, Mr Boss Mustapha said they were doing their utmost to bring the entire nation on the same page.

He warned that an ugly situation in a particular locality could spill over to other constituencies, and called for total compliance to the protocols put in place to stem the spread of the disease.

Mr Boss Mustapha said in the coming days, the ownership of the next stage would be the responsibility of states, while the centre would only supervise and co-ordinate.

He explained that the decision was imperative considering the fact that 20, out of the 774 local government areas in the country owned 60% of confirmed cases.

Mr Boss Mustapha said the country was winning the war against the pandemic and appealed to Nigerians to avoid factors promoting the spread of the virus.

Abdullah Bello

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