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COVID19: Nigeria Govt Contemplating On Total Lockdown In 2 Weeks Time

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NAIJA NEWS: COVID19: Nigeria Govt Contemplating On Total Lockdown In 2 Weeks Time [New Naija News] » Naijacrawl
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As the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country keep increasing exponentialy, the federal government has threatened to impose a fresh lockdown in another two weeks.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Monday lamented that it was directly affecting governance and security in the country.

Mustapha, speaking at the task force press briefing in Abuja, admitted the possibility of ordering a fresh total lockdown to curtail further spread of the virus.

He, however, said events of coming weeks would determine the next line of action.

“We will not speculate on what will happen in future, but we will protect the lives of Nigerians.

“To achieve that, if it means to lock down again, we will not shy away from that responsibility.

“We will recommend to the President who will look at the report and take a decision on our recommendation. What happens in the next two three weeks will determine what we will do,” Mustapha said.

Mustapha’s warning comes after Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, recently contracted the virus.





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Give Us The Permission To heal Covid19 Patients - Apostle Suleman Tells Govt

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The founder of Omega Fire Ministry Apostle Johnson Suleman has called on the federal government to allow pastors heal COVID-19 patients in the country through prayers and divine healing.

Contrary to the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning people against unscientific claims suggesting cure for the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.

But according to Church Times, the clergyman said there was need for the government to grant permission to those with divine healing gifts to visit isolation centres and cure people with the killer virus.

Suleman claimed such measure is needed if the country hopes to make meaningful progress in the fight against the novel disease.

“Please (referring to the government) permit us to go and pray for COVID-19 patients. Allow us to go there (isolation centres), that is why there are men of God,” he said.

“If you are really anointed to pray for the sick, this is the time because what is holding the world is sickness. So, we’re begging the government to permit us into isolation centres, that is the only way we can reduce this nonsense because it will improve everyday.

“There are people with the gift of healing, God has gifted them to pray for the sick. It is not fake, gimmick or arranged. It is there in them. Permit us so that we can prove there are prophets in Nigeria.”

He added that such permission from the government would also reduce the backlash many pastors have been getting on the social media about their perceived inability to do anything about the pandemic.

“Permit us so that the ridicule and all that can reduce. We’re not telling you we can heal all of them but by the time we are through with them, you’ll see significant difference. If they are 20 before, at least 18 will be cleared because that is what God can do,” he said.

Suleman further stretches the list of religious leaders who believe the killer virus could be handled through divine intervention.

So far, there are 1185 confirmed cases of the virus in Nigeria with 222 discharged and 35 deaths recorded.



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COVID19: Oyetola Lockdown Ilesa And Environs

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Gboyega Oyetola, the Governor of Osun State Governor has ordered a total lockdown of Ilesa city axis of the state for one week.

The lockdown is expected to commence on Tuesday, July 7, in the named local government areas, Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Atakumosa East, and Atakumosa West for seven days in the first instance.

The decision was the fallout of the meeting between the government and the stakeholders from the area.

However, according to the governor, if the compliance level is not encouraging, the government will announce a further extension.

The state government also said it was closely monitoring other Local Government Areas with rising numbers of those testing positive for COVID-19 and may in the days ahead lock down more areas.

However, the relaxation in other areas of the state has been extended by two weeks.

These were contained in a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode.

She further said the decision to impose a total lockdown on the four local government areas was aimed at containing the spread of the virus in that axis of the State, noting that government had every reason to believe that it was already witnessing what looked more like a community transmission in the area and as such needed to come up with measures to arrest the trend.

The Commissioner stressed that the lockdown would be total. Residents and citizens in that axis will not have the opportunity to go to worship centres and markets during the period. They will only be allowed to shop within their neighbourhoods.

The statement reads in part:

“As you are all aware, the Federal Government, a few days ago lifted the ban on interstate travel in the country. We have, therefore, lifted ours too. But our relaxation guidelines still subsist except for four local government areas, namely; Ilesa West, Ilesa East, Atakumosa West and Atakumosa East Local Government areas where we have now ordered a one-week lockdown, effective Tuesday, July 7.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our curfew will still run from 9.p.m to 5.a.m daily in other parts of the State, except the locked down LGAs.

“To this end, we urge citizens and residents of the affected communities to take advantage of the hours between now and Monday to stock up provisions that will last them one week in the first instance.

“We have mandated and mobilised the state’s task force and security operatives to strictly enforce the measures.

“The decision to shut down a part of the state, though painful, is the only way to go if it must arrest the further spread of the virus in the state,” she added.



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Covid19: Dangote's Company Converts lockdown Break To Staff Annual leave

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NEWS: Covid19: Dangote's Company Converts lockdown Break To Staff Annual leave [New Naija News] » Naijacrawl
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The Dangote Group of companies has informed its staff members that the lockdown break given by the government is now a part of the company annual leave.

This was made official through a memo which reads, "This is to advice all staff that the lockdown period will be regarded as part of Leave Period and therefore annual leave consuming."

"Where any staff has exhausted his/her leave period, a commensurate amount would be deducted to cover the period."

The memo has generated mixed reactions since its release.

It will be recalled that the coronavirus has really affected a lot of business organization which has necessitated many companies to be adopting different strategy to recover from the drastic effect

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