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Nigeria reopens churches, mosques and hotels amid rising cases of Covid-19

June 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Worshippers offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at Ramat Square Eid grounds in Maiduguri on May 24, 2020. (Photo by Audu MARTE / AFP) (Photo by AUDU MARTE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Nigerian government has lifted restrictions placed on religious gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)The Nigerian government has lifted restrictions placed on religious gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

But during a televised briefing on Monday, the Chairman of Nigeria's Presidential Task Force, or PTF, on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha announced that mosques, churches, and hotels are now free to open with certain conditions.

With more than 10,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of June 2, the task force on Covid-19 says Nigeria is yet to reach the "peak" of the virus, citing higher cases in Europe and South America.

Some of the recommendations made by the PTF to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as religious institutions and hotels open up include: managed access to markets and locations of economic activity to limit the risk of transmitting Covid-19, mandatory use of face masks and temperature checks in public places, and information campaigns on the dangers of the virus among others.

"Our advancement to phase two (of easing restrictions) does not mean that Covid-19 has ended as Nigeria has not reached the peak of confirmed cases. "

According to Mustapha, while making decisions to ease Covid-19 related restrictions, the task force took into consideration the advice of the World Health Organization on the need to improve case finding, testing, isolation and quarantining contacts, which the country is doing.

Other African countries like Ghana, Madagascar and South Africa have also eased their coronavirus-related restrictions.

And in South Africa, alcohol is back on sale after a ban was imposed as part of measures to fight Covid-19.

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