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Dont Be Deceived By Declining Covid 19 Numbers-PTF

The Presidential Task Force ,PTF, on COVID-19 pandemic says it will submit the Seventh Interim Report to President Muhammadu Buhari on thursday and waits his directives on the next phase implementation.

This is even as the extended eased lockdown phase of the Nation’s National Response ends this week.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation ,SGF, and Chairman PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, stated this at Monday’s briefing in Abuja.

According to him, the decisions and approval of President Buhari would be transmitted at the national briefing on Thursday.

He called for caution as some states across the country announces dates and plans to reopen schools, urging them to learn from the experiences of other countries where opening of schools in some cities led to an increase in confirmed cases and fatalities.

He also stressed that as the nation plan to re-open more sectors, everyone must stay the course and stick with the winning strategy which is anchored on the ability of health institutions to contain the virus while citizens wear facemasks properly, stay away from crowded places, avoid mass gatherings, maintain simple hygienic practices and as much as possible protect the elderly and most vulnerable to this pandemic.

Whilst the PTF does not discourage making such preparations, we need to be guided by experiences from countries such as Germany, France, the United States and the UK where opening of schools in some cities led to an increase in confirmed cases and fatalities,” Mustapha said.

For Nigeria, Mustapha said the last three weeks have shown a slowdown in the number of confirmed cases.

He said: “Indeed, in the last four months of testing, the lowest daily figure of confirmed cases (138) was reported on 30th August 2020.

The PTF still urges caution and vigilance on the declining numbers because the virus is still potent and very dangerous.

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