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PTF Advises Vigilance, More Testing, More Treatment 

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PTF Advises Vigilance, More Testing, More Treatment 

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has advised that the country should not begin celebrations because of declining number of cases in the country.  The group says this is the time the country should test more people, isolate and treat more.

During the national briefing on Monday, PTF chairman, Boss Mustapha called on Nigerians to “get out and get tested.”  He also advised that people persuade friends and relatives arriving in the country from high risk destinations to self-isolate and get tested on the seventh day of their arrival in the country.

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He said even though Nigeria’s cases and declining, global figures have surpassed 31 million cases, a jump of more than one million cases in four days.  He also pointed to high-burdened countries like the USA where more than 30,000 cases are being reported daily and where the number of infections has surpassed seven million.  The country is about to cross the 200,000 mark for fatalities as a result of the pandemic.

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He also pointed to India where very high infection numbers are being reported on a daily basis.

Mustapha said the lesson for Nigeria in all of these examples is that no matter how much appreciable progress is recorded, the country should be vigilant more than ever before, especially as the air space has been reopened to international travels, and restrictions have been relaxed.

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The PTF chairman said the country cannot afford to import more of this virus.  He lauded the action of the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, for suspending their planned strike.  He said this would help sustain government efforts to strengthen the country’s health system.

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End SARS: Sanwo-Olu Needs N1trillion To Reconstruct Lagos State – Gbajabiamila

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End SARS: Sanwo-Olu Needs N1trillion To Reconstruct Lagos State – Gbajabiamila

As Lagos State government eases curfew from 6 am to 8 pm, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says, as a result of wanton destruction of public assets by hoodlums, rebuilding the state will cost one trillion naira.

Lagos was the epicentre of the #EndSARS protests.  The city experienced massive looting, arson and destruction Wednesday to Friday.  Many have attributed these acts to anger arising from the attacks by the Nigerian military on young unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, visited Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos on Sunday during which they discussed the estimated cost of repairing damages in the state.

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Among other public assets destroyed are 89 new city buses burnt down in Oyingbo and Berger where they were parked.

Also burnt are the forensic and DNA centre, the Igbosere High Court, local government secretariat buildings, hundreds of vehicles, street lights, and other public buildings scattered across the state.

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NCDC Reports 62 New Cases Of COVID-19

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control posted sixty-two new cases of coronavirus infections in eleven states on Sunday.

Plateau State led the pack with 18 new infections.  Ogun had 15, while the Federal Capital Territory and eight other states all recorded new infections in single digits.

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The new figure pushes up total infections in the country to 61,992.  57,000 coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged nationwide.

The death toll now stands at eleven hundred thirty.  Nigeria has now tested more than 600,000 persons.

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NBC Fines Channels, Arise TV, AIT Over #EndSARS Coverage

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The National Broadcasting Commission has on Monday slammed sanctions on some major broadcast stations in Nigeria for what it termed “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests over the past few weeks.

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Announcing the move, at a press conference in Abuja, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba who is acting Director-General of the broadcasting regulating body said the affected media houses including Arise News, African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television were fined between N2 million and N3 million each for flouting the provisions of the Nigerian broadcasting code.

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Earlier, NBC had warned all television and radio stations against reporting the #EndSARS protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.

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