The Federal Government has denied media reports that it has reintroduced new Covid-19 restrictions as part of measures to curb the spread of the new India variant into the country.
The Government explained that it was only maintaining the curfew under phase 4 of the phased restriction of movement, adding that it never relaxed the curfew imposed earlier under Phase 3 of the eased lockdown.
This clarification was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC) on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, who said that it was erroneously reported.
Mustapha said the announcement by the National Incident Manager, Dr. Mukhtar Mohammed, during the PSC press briefing was taken out of context because the federal government did not relax the curfew imposed earlier under Phase 3 of the eased lockdown.
His words: “Under the 4th phase of restriction of movement, night clubs, gyms and others will remain closed till further notice; while all citizens will also ensure that mass gatherings outside work settings do not exceed a maximum of 50 people in an enclosed space.
“These restrictions have been in existence under the Third Phase but are being maintained under Phase Four of the phased restriction of movement.
“Therefore, the PSC reiterates that there is no newly introduced lockdown; there is no need for the panic that followed the announcement of the Fourth Phase of the phased restriction of movement”, the SGF stated.
Also, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at a meeting with Online Publishers yesterday in Lagos, denied reports on the introduction or even reintroduction of new restrictions on Covid-19.