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FG reimposes COVID-19 restrictions to begin Tuesday

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The Federal Government has reintroduced Covid-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to curtail a potential third wave.

According to a member of the PresidentialSteering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, the new directive is to take effect by midnight of Tuesday.

Mohammed, who is the Head of Technical Secretariat of the PSC, made the announcement while briefing reporters on Monday in Abuja.

With the restrictions imposed, mass gatherings in public spaces have been limited to 50 people at any given time.

Access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask while government meetings and travels have been limited to the virtual platform.

According to Mohammed, the government has directed that bars and nightclubs should remain closed and the nationwide curfew will be in force until further notice.

He added that only essential international travels would be encouraged, and all existing protocols must be strictly adhered to.

The PSC member, however, stated that there was no limitation to intra-state travel.

Despite the decline in cases recently in the nation, the FG had banned travels from Brazil, India and Turkey over a spike in new infections.

Nigeria currently has around 165,000 cases with less than six per cent still active.

The recent move by the PSC, analysts believe would further halt the spread of the virus and prepare the nation for the second phase of vaccination.

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