8. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

Federal authorities say it does not intend to put the nation through another lockdown even as the second wave of Coronavirus persists, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 assured on Thursday in a statement it issued in Abuja.

The PTF, in the statement signed by its Chairman, Boss Mustapha, stated “categorically“ that the federal government was not mulling over another lockdown as the PTF has never discussed it in any of its meetings.

Mr. Mustapha, also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the PTF has not made any recommendation to that effect to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the attention of the task force was drawn to some misinformation being circulated in the social media to the effect that the federal government would order a nationwide lockdown this weekend.

“The PTF frowns at such unpatriotic misinformation which is capable of causing unnecessary panic and anxiety among the populace,” Mr. Mustapha said.

While urging Nigerians to disregard the misinformation, the PTF enjoined them to join hands with the Federal Government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 by adhering to the Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI’s) as recommended by the task force.

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