FG approves resumption of domestic flights as Covid-19 continues to spread
Mustapha announced that the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the country will be extended by four weeks effective from tomorrow.
The Nigerian government has announced the resumption of domestic flights in the country three months after air travel was suspended following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the disclosure during a briefing in Abuja on Monday as he announced the suspension on travel restrictions across state borders.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), announced the resumption of interstate travel as COVID-19 continues to spread in the country. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 490 new confirmed coronavirus cases and seven deaths on Sunday as total cases rose to 24,567 and the number of COVID-19 deaths reached 565.
After five weeks of strict lockdown, the first phase of easing the lockdown – which was put in place to reduce the virus spread – took effect on May 4. However, the ban on domestic flights and interstate travel remained in force until the announcement today by the PTF. The Phase Two of lockdown easing, which began on June 2, is expected to elapse by midnight on Monday, June 29. Mustapha announced that the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the country will be extended by four weeks effective from tomorrow.
Mustapha also noted that the extension of the Phase Two was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said, “I am pleased to inform you that Mr President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020."
The PTF Chairman also said interstate travel for the next four weeks should, however, be made outside the stipulated curfew hours of between 10pm and 4am.
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