By David Royal
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 disclosed on Monday that it would work with state governments to see how 18 high burden local government areas can be locked down to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Chairman of PTF Boss Mustapha who spoke at a news conference after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of the four-week gradual easing of lockdown, said: “For the precision lockdown, we have identified 18 local governments out of the 774 local government Areas in Nigeria”.
Mustapha was accompanied to brief the President by Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Coordinator of the PTF Dr Sani Aliyu and Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.
National Coordinator of the Taskforce, Dr Sani Aliyu said while it is difficult to lock down some areas without defined boundaries, the PTF would ensure that all other non-pharmaceutical measures are strictly adhered to in the 18 high burden local government areas.
According to him, only essential movements would be allowed.
He said; “On the restriction of movements in specific local governments, we are still working with the state governments because you cannot lock down local governments without working with the states.
According to him, some of these local governments, by their geographical locations, do not have defined borders.
He said that the PTF will be sending out clarifications as soon as they finish the piece of…