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PTF – It Is Time For Another National Lockdown 

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PTF – It Is Time For Another National Lockdown

With the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said that the time had come for another national lockdown.

In the wake of the outbreak of the disease, the federal government had imposed a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for five weeks to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

The chairman of the PTF and secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who dropped hints of a looming national lockdown yesterday during the briefing of the Task Force in Abuja, lamented that some Nigerians were already romancing with COVID-19 in the manner of Tom and Jerry.

Mustapha said: “You want to hear the truth? If it were within my powers, this is the time to lockdown. Lockdown might not be a popular thing but this is the time to lockdown because I can see the attitude of Tom and Jerry, we are already romancing with COVID-19 and it is not good.”

While stating that Nigerians must continue to take responsibility to reduce community transmission of the virus, Mustapha urged the citizens to take the virus seriously and continue to observe the guidelines developed by the task force.

“I saw a real romance with COVID-19 today. People behaving as if the matter (virus) is over. It is a very serious issue and my appeal to Nigerians listening is that; let us take this thing (virus) seriously.

“By now, with 500 plus fatalities, you can’t be ignorant, you can’t say you don’t know of any body that has fallen victim either by way of name or pictures but today they are no more ,” he added.

Mustapha explained the reasons why the compliance level of COVID-19 protocols is low in the country. He said that the non-compliance had been largely fuelled by skepticism and ignorance about the disease.

All through the month, Mustapha noted that the PTF communicated to Nigerians in different ways, the dangers of complacency and non-compliance with measures prescribed for the fight against COVID-19.

Particularly, he stressed that Nigerians were reminded that there is at present no known vaccine for the virus and that all over the world, non-pharmaceutical measures still remained the most effective and avoiding being infected remains the best choice for everyone.

He stated: “The PTF also continued to assess the developments nationwide and found that non-compliance has been largely fuelled by skepticism and ignorance about the disease.

“We also noted that stigmatization has further impacted on the willingness of people to come out to seek help and even tell their stories.

“The nature of this pandemic demands that we must detect and treat it in order to address it. Let me emphasise, therefore, that COVID-19 is not a condition to be ashamed of as it has no respect for status, nationality,
race, creed, tribe, etc. Every person infected must be treated to prevent spread and avoidable fatalities,”

The SGF also expressed concern over the resurgence of the virus in Europe, China and the United States.

According to him, ”closely related to the high number of confirmed cases and fatalities at home are lessons drawn from other jurisdictions. From Europe to China to the United States of America, the rising numbers and reported resurgence in some cases should also be of concern to us.”

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Meanwhile, the minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that the Federal Ministry of Health through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has developed a guideline for the establishment of Community Support Centres.

The minister, who stated this at the PTF briefing on COVID 19, yesterday in Abuja, said that the central objective of the guideline is the establishment of Community Support Centres (CSCs) in selected clusters of local government areas (LGAs) for the management of COVID-19 cases.

According to him, “these centers will strengthen the capacity of the health the system at the community level to respond to the outbreak and result in the reduction of the transmission of the disease within communities in high burden and high-density states.

On Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020, an Emergency National Council on Health was held virtually, attended by state commissioners for health, heads of agencies, directors at the Federal Ministry of Health, development partners and other stakeholders in the health sector to review status and align all response to COVI-19 outbreak in the states.

“Council approved the Health Sector COVID-19 Pandemic Response Action Plan which was developed by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with departments and agencies to present one response in the health sector delivered in a coordinated and strategic manner.

“As we learn more about the disease, we will continue to evolve response actions. The community transmission has resulted in the high number of confirmed cases with the challenge that in some states, the facilities for case management may become overwhelmed,” he said.

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BREAKING: CAF President Tests Positive for COVID-19

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The President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was contained in a statement on the website of the continental football governing body on Friday.

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The statement read, “The president after his arrival to Cairo on Oct. 28, presented mild flu symptoms and submitted to the COVID-19 protocol.

“Today, the test results are positive and the president immediately self-isolate for at least the next 14 days at his hotel.

“All those who have come into contact with Ahmad over the past seven days, especially during his trip to Morocco for the CAF Confederation Cup, have been informed and requested to take the necessary measures.”

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COVID-19: Protests Takes Place Across Italy Over Restrictions

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Protests took place across Italy on Monday over new restrictions to curb the country’s second wave of COVID-19.

Clashes were reported in the northern cities of Milan and Turin, where petrol bombs were thrown at officers.

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In Milan tear gas was used to disperse protesters, and thousands of people gathered in the centre of Naples.

The demonstrations began soon after the national government’s order to close restaurants, bars, gyms and cinemas came into effect at 6pm local time.

Many regions have also imposed night-time COVID-19 curfews – including Lombardy, Milan and Piedmont, Turin.

The violence was blamed on extremist agitators and police said 28 people had been arrested in Milan alone.

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COVID-19 Now a Threat to Attainment of the SDGs — BUHARI

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the COVID-19 outbreak had threatened to disrupt the progress recorded on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.

Buhari spoke at the virtual inaugural SDGs Moment convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during the high-level week of the 75th UN General Assembly on Friday.

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The President, however, said Nigeria was addressing the threat by re-dedicating efforts towards economic diversification, focusing on agriculture and the mining sectors.

‘’Nigeria has made good strides in Sustainable Development Goals domestication processes, as we have begun the re-alignment of the National Statistical System and indicators of the SDGs.

‘’We have developed a novel home-grown ‘Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Model, as an analytical framework for measuring how policy making can address the indivisible nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.

‘’Nigeria has also set up a Model Private Sector Advisory Group and SDGs Donors’ Forum with the aim of engaging critical stakeholders towards the attainment of the SDGs,” he said.

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