Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the federal government has not declared a fresh lockdown of the country over COVID-19.
Speaking on a Radio Nigeria programme, “Politics Nationwide”, Mohammed said the directives and position of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 did not translate to partial or total lockdown.
According to the former spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the government only gave a directive to reduce the chances of mass gathering by directing its workers from Level 12 below to work from home.
Lai Mohammed said: “The Federal Government has not declared a fresh lockdown.
“What we have done is that we have simply reiterated the old protocols and asked federal workers on Level 12 and below to stay at home and they will still receive their salaries.
“Lagos state has equally asked their level 14 workers and below to work from home and Kaduna state has done the same.
“Therefore, there is no fresh lockdown and the issue of hardship and economy meltdown does not arise.”
While stating that the ban on social gathering is still on, he said the directive is to curtail people from gathering because they found out that COVID-19 had reached the level of community transmission.