The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has called on authorities in various states not to close down the facilities built to treat persons infected with COVID-19.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who doubles as the chairman of the task force made the appeal on Thursday during the daily press briefing.

He urged states to keep the centres running efficiently and smoothly as the country begins to witness the second wave of the virus.

Mustapha explained that it was necessary for authorities to intensify efforts to support the public sector laboratories with critical reagents.

According to him, the PTF expects the leadership of all federal tertiary health institutions to raise their level of testing and turnaround for results.

The SGF noted that a series of advisories were issued by the PTF to state governments on ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, in line with the authorisation of the President.