Summary of the PTF Briefing on COVID-19: April 28, 2020

Below are summary of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing for Tuesday 28, April 2020.

The summary include mainly the key points made by each member of the task force.

Chairman’s Keynote

I like what Covid-19 has done for us. It has brought b ack the spirit of togetherness. – SGF, Boss Mustapha

Ladies and gentlemen, the relaxation of the lockdown is to enable us gradually return to our daily lives but in a moderated manner. The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently altered our ways of life and we must begin to learn how to adjust to this new reality. – SGF, Boss Mustapha

This relaxation does not in any way imply that the danger has passed. The virus is still potent, virulent and dangerous. We must remain very vigilant and careful. We must take responsibility for our actions. We must commit to a collective victory over COVID-19. – SGF, Boss Mustapha

On Testing

All visiting workers from China have been confirmed negative for Covid-19. – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

We want to test two million people in the next three months. We are lagging behind South Africa in terms of testing, now we have to catch up. – NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu

I am appealing to people who test positive – even when they feel healthy – to cooperate with authorities when they have to be isolated. – PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu

It is very easy to underrate the infectiousness of this virus. This is why it is important that only certified hospitals should treat the disease. – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

On Nigerians Abroad Trying to Return Home

We don’t want Nigerians abroad coming in to bring in more Covid-19 cases. We are trying to find quarantine centres approved by relevant authorities. But most hotels don’t want to be used for quarantine centres. – Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama

We have located some hotels. But our arrangement is that the passengers will have to pay for the hotels. – Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama

On Fighting COVID-19 in Kano

Ambulances are to be deployed to Kano as support to the state government in the fight a gainst Covid-19 – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

On International Aid

President Buhari spoke with American President Donald Trump today. President Buhari us ed the opportunity to talk about Nigeria’s measures against Covid-19 – Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed

On Education

We can’t foretell when schools will re-open. – Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba

WAEC is not cancelled but postponed indefinitely. – Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba

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