June 1, 2020 / 5:05 PM / a month ago

UPDATE 2-Nigeria to relax coronavirus curbs on places of worship

(Adds finance sector, curfew details)

By Felix Onuah

ABUJA, June 1 (Reuters) - Nigeria will relax coronavirus restrictions on places of worship from Tuesday, the chairman of the presidential task force for COVID-19 said.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country where Christianity and Islam are widely practised, has recorded 10,162 confirmed cases and 287 deaths.

Boss Mustapha, the country’s most senior civil servant, also said a lockdown in the northern city of Kano would be eased, one of a number of changes over four weeks from Tuesday.

“Nigeria has not reached the peak of confirmed cases,” Mustapha told reporters.

Another official said the aviation industry had been asked to prepare for the possible resumption of domestic flights from June 21. He added that a national curfew would be shortened to 10 p.m.-4 a.m. from Tuesday, from the current 8 p.m.-6 a.m. order.

Nigeria’s financial sector will also be able to resume normal working hours, said Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the task force.

Other curbs remain in place, such as a ban on interstate travel, with a few exceptions, such as for essential workers. And face masks must still be worn in public. (Reporting by Felix Onuah in Abuja, Alexis Akwagyiram in Lagos and Paul Carsten in Abuja; Editing by Catherine Evans, Nick Macfie and Andrew Heavens)

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