FG extends ban on flights for four weeks

The Federal Government has ordered extension of the ban placed on flights in the country to combat spread of the coronavirus pandemic by another four weeks.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known on Wednesday during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.

According to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) the decision was taken consequent upon thorough consultation with relevant experts.

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He said: “Tomorrow marks the last day for the enforcement of the closure of Nigeria’s airspace to flights.

“We have assessed the situation in the aviation industry and have come to the conclusion that given the facts available to us and based on the advice of experts, the ban on all flights will be extended for an additional four weeks.”

He went on to highlight measures being put in place combat the novel virus in the country, including interaction with state governors on the best approach to adopt.

Mustapha added that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control will be visiting Kogi and Cross Rivers States to provide support to the State EOCs.

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