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Nigerian govt extends relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown by one month



The Federal Government has extended phase three of the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown by one month.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who announced this at the weekly briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday, said the initial 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine would arrive in Nigeria early next month.

He said: “The PTF is improving on the International Travel Portal to minimise the challenges passengers keep encountering.

“Similarly, it is reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which is due to expire today.

“In view of the fact that our COVID-19 numbers are not abating, all extant measures prescribed in these guidelines, subject to some modifications, are extended by a period of one month with effect from Tuesday, January 26, 2020.”

“On the COVID-19 vaccines, we wish to assure all Nigerians that the vaccines will be safe and effective when eventually it is deployed. We enjoin everyone to join in the campaign to eliminate vaccine hesitancy.

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“However, I have to advise all Nigerians that the only source of vaccines that is safe and effective in Nigeria is through the channels of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

“Please do not patronise anyone hawking or marketing vaccines.”

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 964 fresh COVID-19 cases in 18 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday night.

The cases brought the number of persons that had contracted the virus in Nigeria to 121, 566 and 1, 504 fatalities.

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