The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has told Nigerians to ignore the rumours of a fresh COVID-19 lockdown alert on social media.
The PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said this in a short video released Thursday.
The rumour started after the emergence of the purported WhatsApp message from a member of the PTF, which claimed that there will be a complete lockdown in Nigeria next week.
But Aliyu has now insisted that the federal government is aware of the economic implications of a new lockdown.
He said, “We are aware of a fake message on WhatsApp that we’ve declared a lockdown in the country. This is absolutely not true. I call on the Nigerian public to please ignore this message and continue with normal activities.
“I’m also calling on the public to abide by the non-pharmaceutical interventions including wearing of face masks in the public, washing of hands and maintaining physical distancing.
“There is an established way that we send our messages to the public including declarations when it comes to infection control. So, please ignore what is being going round on WhatsApp.”