COVID-19: Federal Gov't Extends Stay-at-home Directive For Workers

NCDC has announced 464 fresh cases of COVID-19 in 20 states and the FCT.

COVID-19: Federal Gov't Extends Stay-at-home Directive For Workers
President Buhari

The Federal Government has extended the work-from-home directive to civil servants on Salary Grade Levels 12 and below.

This was contained in a circular titled, ‘Stay-at-home directive continues’, dated March 3, by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan.

It read, “Further to the circular No: HCSF/3065/Vol.1/68 dated 26th January 2021, and following the advice of the presidential task force on COVID-19, all officers on SGL 12 and below are to continue working from home till the end of March 2021.

“While it is acknowledged that there has been a reduction in the number of reported cases of COVID-19, it is important that this downward trend be maintained. It is to this end, that the work-from-home directive has to continue as specified above.

“It is also important to emphasise the need to ensure strict compliance with the existing guidelines on the prevention and spread of COVID-19.

“Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers are enjoined to bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all concerned and ensure strict compliance.”

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had, on Wednesday, announced 464 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 156,496.

The NCDC disclosed the figure on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Since the outbreak of the disease in the country, the number of people who have contracted the virus has risen to 156,963, out of which 135,831 have recovered and discharged.

The health agency recorded additional sixteen COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of fatalities to 1,939 since February 27, 2020, when the index case was reported.

The NCDC stated that 464 new infections were reported across 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Lagos State recorded 131 new cases but no death.

The NCDC said that 418 people have been discharged from the various isolation centres in the country, after testing negative for the virus.