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The Federal Government has reviewed Nigeria’s COVID-19 response and reintroduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of efforts to curtail further spread of the virus as the virus is now ravaging some countries, like Turkey, India and Brazil.

Sometime last week, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) took a precautionary step by restricting flights from Brazil India and Turkey where there is a high number of cases and fatality rate.

The PSC has also approved the administration of the second dose of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine across the federation.

The National Incident Manager, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mukhtar Mohammed, announced that the curfew would take effect from midnight of Monday, May 10, between the hours 12:00 am and 04:00 am, that night clubs, gyms and others would remain shut till further notice beginning from Tuesday.

Mohammed said: “We shall maintain restrictions on mass gatherings in and outside work settings with a maximum number of 50 people in any enclosed space, approved gatherings must be held, maintaining physical distancing and other non-pharmaceutical measures.”

He also said that the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 will continue to maintain restrictions on resumption of work by government workers from Level 12 and below in addition to limiting meetings to virtual platforms as much as possible while maintaining restrictions on physical meetings, official trips and oversight visits, religious gatherings and weddings had been reduced to 50 per cent attendance.

The Mukhtar Mohammed explained that the measures were to enable government effectively prevent and control the resurgence of an acute phase of the pandemic aside protecting lives and the economy

“The PSC, last week, took a precautionary step of restricting flights from Brazil India and Turkey where there is a high number of cases and fatality rate as well prevalence of variants of concern. There is a shortage of global supply of COVID-19 vaccines affected by the current situation in India. This translates to a delay in vaccinating a large proportion of the population and a risk of larger outbreak, especially in the context of poor adherence to public health and social measures.

“There are concerns about non-compliance to public health and social measures, especially the level of adherence to physical distancing, use of masks, temperature checks in public places, among others.”

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, pointed out that frontline workers between 18 years and above and persons between 50 years and above are advised to visit any designated vaccination sites to receive the jab free of charge while people who have received their first dose should check their vaccination cards for their next appointments so as to enable them get the second phase of the vaccine as at when due.

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