The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus (COVID-19), has said essential services are exempted from interstate travels restrictions, according to PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu.
Aliyu at the daily briefing of the Taskforce on Tuesday said that, Agriculture services were highlighted as particularly essential.
He was responding to a question from Poultry Association of Nigeria, that lost N5 million worth of a day chicks (15,000) week Thursday, because the drivers conveying them from Ibadan to the north were stopped at Jebba bridge in Niger State by security agents on the order of the governor to close the bridge.
According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic is not going to end in the next few days or few weeks, hence the need for all to adhere strictly to the released guidelines.
Minister of Health Ehanire Osagie said that the two weeks extension of the eased lockdown authorized by President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos, Ogun and FCT and also extended in Kano State was, to address remaining challenges to containing the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
“It is of great importance that we, members of the health sector and citizens, endeavor to use this period to dedicate their effort to strive for the best, but also prepare for the worst. As we learn more about coronavirus every day, we must be ready to adjust our strategy, based on knowledge and evidence,” Ehanire said.
He said that as at Monday, 216 new COVID-19 cases had been recorded with Lagos (74), Katsina (33), Oyo (19), Kano (17), Edo (13), Zamfara (10), Ogun (eight), Gombe (eight), Borno (eight), Bauchi (seven), Kwara (seven), FCT (four), Kaduna (three), Enugu (three) and Rivers (two), giving an aggregate number of confirmed cases of 6,175 in 34 states and the FCT.
He added, “1644 patients have been treated and discharged from care, but we have sadly recorded 191 deaths in 26 states and the FCT.