The Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 has commented on the possibility of a second lock down amid the rising cases of COVID-19.
PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha who spoke at a press briefing on Monday January 19 said the country is in a “difficult situation”. He asked Nigerians to take responsibility to avoid a second lockdown.
“Let me remind you that the pandemic is raging and all tiers of Government and citizens must keep their hands-on-deck.
“We are in a difficult situation in which a balance must continue to be struck between lives and livelihood.
“We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received. We must do everything possible to avoid a a second lockdown in Nigeria.”
On resumption of schools, Mustapha said;
“While we note that several States have proceeded with the resumption of schools, the PTF recommends strongly that very strict adherence to Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions should be enforced by the States to avoid the escalation of cases. The PTF will continue to dialogue with the Governors and the Federal Ministry of Education to closely monitor the situation.
“The positive news about vaccines remains high in the ranking of discussions nationwide. Nigerians are assured that the PTF will ensure that the vaccines to be approved will be safe and effective. We must however work together as foot soldiers in the vaccine advocacy so that we can eliminate the pandemic.”