The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has denied media reports that it has “introduced or re-introduced’’ new restrictions on COVID-19.
Recall that the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 had on Monday announced the enforcement of a curfew across the country in a move it said was to forestall a possible new wave of the pandemic.
“The nationwide curfew will be imposed tonight at midnight and it will run through till 4:00 a.m.,” the committee stated.
But speaking at a meeting with online publishers in Lagos, Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed stated that there were no new restrictions.
He said that the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 only reiterated existing regulations to control spread of the disease.
According to Lai Mohammed, the only thing that was newly introduced was that anyone, including Nigerians travelling from Brazil, Turkey or India, must go through compulsory quarantine.
He said: “What we did was the need to remind people of the existing extant regulations on COVID-19.
“Government has not introduced anything new. You can still travel by air or road or any other means but ensure you wear your face mask.
“We have not opened nightclubs, the regulations on social distancing, social and religious gatherings, use of face masks are still in place.
“The curfew between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. is still on and we are saying people must obey the existing protocols.”
Speaking further, Lai Mohammed accused Nigerians of taking things for granted and behaving as if COVID-19 had gone, hence the reminder.
“This is the mistake that India made when they actually boasted they had conquered COVID-19,” the minister said.
“They were holding political campaigns and religious festivals when a new variant of COVID-19 surfaced.
“Today, they are recording more than 400,000 case per day and about 4,000 lives lost daily.
“This is why every citizen must know where we are going.”
Source: Naija News