As the nation battles the Covid-19 pandemic, states have been warned against reopening schools and other activities of mass gatherings ahead of proposed relaxation of measures.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 gave the warning at the group’s daily briefing in Abuja on Monday, June 15.
“We have received reports that some states are contemplating the reopening of schools, television viewing centres, sports stadium and other places where large gatherings could take place.
“The PTF re-emphasizes that it is not yet safe to do so and that utmost caution should be exercised. The PTF guideline should still be complied with while considering the decision of this nature.
“In the course of our monitoring and surveillance of compliance across the nation, we have observed an escalation of the level of non-compliance with the simple measures to keep social distancing, wearing of masks in public places, sanitation, and hygiene.
“This is more prevalent in markets, motor parks, and some places of worship. I wish to remind you that the PTF has already issued guidelines for the mode of operations at places of worship and urge state Governments to ensure strict compliance with PTF guidelines.
“We wish to re-emphasize that all relaxed measures are still subject to review and advisories issued are for personal and public safety purposes. The breach of the ban on inter-state travels is also a point of concern.”
Mustapha also disclosed that the increased number of cases across the country is as a result of increased testing.