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FG lifts COVID-19 restrictions

The Federal government has eased the nationwide midnight curfew and limitations on gatherings along with other restrictions imposed in 2019 to curb the spread of coronavirus.

This is after the country recorded 3,142 deaths from 255,468 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control website.

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement says “The removal of restrictions was decided in view of the declining number of cases, reduced risk of importation of new variants as well as the availability of vaccines,”

“The nationwide curfew imposed from midnight to 04:00 am has been lifted. Advisory limiting Nigerians to essential travels only has been lifted.”

FG also asked civil servants to go back to their offices with proof of vaccination or a “PCR test of not more than 48hrs”.

In the statement, private companies were asked to continue implementing measures to limit the spread of the virus at work.

The limitation on the number of people and the 50 per cent limit on people attending religious gatherings were also lifted, but attendees must use face masks.

In a document dated April 2, the Presidential Steering Committee said the COVID-19 rules were reviewed as a result of the declining number of cases, reduced risk of importation of new variants, as well as the increasing number of people vaccinated in Nigeria and globally.

Editing by Omotola Oguneye