COVID-19: Nigerian govt to commence a fresh lockdown gives condition

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The COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) has said that Nigerians’ compliance level will determine whether a fresh lockdown will be imposed amid the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Sani Aliyu, the PTF National Coordinator, stated this while featuring on TVC on Tuesday.

Dr. Sani Aliyu insisted that no decision has been made on a fresh lockdown.

“The behavior of the public when it comes to these rules matters. We have countries abroad that have very strict non-pharmaceutical intervention measures, and everybody follows them.

“The flights are coming in, schools are open, churches are open, and they don’t have COVID-19 problems because everybody observes the rules.

“We definitely don’t want a lockdown, and because we don’t want to lock down, we need to make sure we do everything we can to prevent ourselves from reaching that state where the government will have to take action,” he said.

The Federal Government ordered a lockdown in March 2020 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Lagos, and the Ogun States for over five weeks during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The lockdown led to job losses as banks, airlines, hotels, among others, cut their workforce due to the crushing economic effect of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Last week, the federal government had admitted it would have no choice but to impose a fresh lockdown in the country if the number of Coronavirus infections continues to increase.

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