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The Nigerian Government has extended the ban placed on flights in the country as part of efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus for another four weeks.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force on Wednesday.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the decision to extend the ban was taken after due consultation with experts.

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.”

On other efforts being made to curtail the spread of the virus, Mustapha said the PTF had continued to interface with state governors in Nigeria.

He disclosed that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control will be visiting Kogi and Cross Rivers States to provide support to the State COVID 19 teams.

This, he described, as a giant leap in the dialogue and collaboration process.



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