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Bolt resumes operations on May 4, issues guidelines for riders

You are required to wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose before getting in the vehicle, in line with government directives. Do not attempt to ride without a mask.

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Ride-hailing firm, Bolt, has informed riders that its operations resume on Monday, May 4, 2020, in line with the guideline of the Lagos State government. Bolt, which disclosed this via an e-mail sent to its riders and seen by Nairametrics on Sunday, also issued community guidelines for the riders.

According to the mail, which was sent by “Uche from Bolt” (the email account it typically uses to send messages to its customers), revealed the firm’s drivers would work between the hours of 6 am and 8 pm, as directed by the state government.

It stated, “Following directives from the Lagos State Ministry of Transport, our ride-hailing services will now be available from 6 am to 7 pm. We advise all riders to request their homebound rides by 5 pm at the latest. No new orders will be accepted from 6 pm. This is to allow drivers sufficient time to drop you off and head home before the curfew.

“Remember that it’s still important to act responsibly and limit close contact with others. You are required to wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose before getting in the vehicle, in line with government directives. Do not attempt to ride without a mask. The Centre for Disease Control has prepared some best practices for face mask use including how to make one yourself at home.

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“Take the back seat. Our vehicles will only take 2 passengers per car. Air conditioners will be turned off to allow proper ventilation. Wash your hands regularly and use a hand sanitiser before and after each ride. Switch to an in-app payment method (debit/credit card) to reduce the amount of contact when paying. Stay home if you feel sick.”

Meanwhile, Nairametrics reported it when the ride-hailing firms suspended their operations to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.

For instance, the Uber, in a statement, stated its operations would no longer be available following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to restrict movement in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States.

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The directive was given after the confirmed cases of Coronavirus increased within these states and spread across nine other states. According to President Buhari, only companies that render essential services would be allowed to operate in the states.

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It added that the suspension of the activities could be more than 14 days depending on further guidelines released by the Nigerian government.

“As announced by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 29, 2020, there will be a restriction of all movement within Lagos and Abuja during the 14-day lockdown which begins at 11 pm on Monday, 30th March.

“Based on this directive, Uber will temporarily cease operations for the period of the lockdown, subject to any further government announcements. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by COVID-19 in Nigeria,” it stated.

Ride-hailing firms like Uber have been on the receiving end of the lockdown having being out of operations since it commenced in March. However, it could see a resurgence as riders rely more on it for transportation instead of public buses.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 11th of May 2021, 47 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 165,515 confirmed cases.

On the 11th of May 2021, 47 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria.

To date, 165,515, cases have been confirmed, 156,358 cases have been discharged and 2,065 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory

A total of 1.94 million tests have been carried out as of 11th May 2021 compared to 1.91 million tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 11th May 2021,

  • Total Number of Cases – 165,515
  • Total Number Discharged – 156,358
  • Total Deaths – 2,065
  • Total Tests Carried out – 1,939,165

According to the NCDC, the 47 new cases are reported from 7 states-Adamawa (19), Lagos (16), Enugu (3), Kaduna (3), Akwa Ibom (2), Delta (2), and Abuja (2).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 58,615, followed by Abuja (19,838), Kaduna (9,068), Plateau (9,060), Rivers (7,132), Oyo (6,852), Edo (4,905), Ogun (4,680), Kano (3,961), Ondo (3,248), Kwara (3,122), Delta (2,623), Osun (2,575), Nasarawa (2,382), Enugu (2,401), Katsina (2,097), Gombe (2,034), Ebonyi (2,030), Anambra (1,909), Akwa Ibom (1,859), and Abia (1,689).

Imo State has recorded 1,657 cases, Bauchi (1,548), Borno (1,337), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (1,111), Taraba (974), Niger (930), Bayelsa (886), Ekiti (870), Sokoto (775), Jigawa (528), Kebbi (450), Cross River (394), Yobe (390), Zamfara (240), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.

Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.

On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

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On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.

On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.

On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.

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FG denies report on reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions, clarifies position

The FG has denied media reports that it has reintroduced new Covid-19 restrictions as part of measures to curb the spread of the new India variant into the country.

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The Federal Government has denied media reports that it has reintroduced new Covid-19 restrictions as part of measures to curb the spread of the new India variant into the country.

The government explained that it was only maintaining the curfew under phase 4 of the phased restriction of movement adding that it never relaxed the curfew imposed earlier under phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

This clarification was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC) on Covid-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Monday, saying that it was erroneously reported.

Mustapha said the announcement by the National Incident Manager, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, during the PSC press briefing was taken out of context because the federal government did not relax the curfew imposed earlier under Phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

What the SGF is saying

Mustapha said, “Under the Fourth Phase of restriction of movement, night clubs, gyms and others will remain closed till further notice; while all citizens will also ensure that mass gatherings outside work settings do not exceed a maximum of 50 people in an enclosed space.

These restrictions have been in existence under the Third Phase but are being maintained under Phase Four of the phased restriction of movement.’

He further said because people had been violating the safety protocols, they had forgotten that the protocols were never relaxed in the first place.

The SGF said, “Therefore, the PSC hereby reiterates that there is no newly introduced lockdown. There is no need for the panic that followed the announcement of the Fourth Phase of the phased restriction of movement.

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We will continue to appeal to members of the public to comply with these restrictions because they are necessary safety measures against contracting the dreaded coronavirus, which is still ravaging human populations across the world.’

Also, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a meeting with Online Publishers on Tuesday, in Lagos, denied reports on the introduction or even reintroduction of new restrictions on Covid-19.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed said there were no new restrictions, adding that the PSC on Covid-19 only reiterated existing regulations to control the spread of the disease. He said the only thing that was newly introduced was that anyone, including Nigerians travelling from Brazil, Turkey or India, must go through compulsory quarantine.

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It can be recalled that there were media reports that the Federal Government had reintroduced Covid-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) following the disturbing resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic with the new India variant.

President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the transition of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 to PSC on Covid-19, with effect from April 1, 2021, with a modified mandate to reflect the non-emergent status of Covid-19 as a potentially long-term pandemic.

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