COVID-19: Nigerian government says second lockdown will be the last resort


Nigeria’s COVID-19 troubles are far from over according to emerging reports

The federal government has spoken about the measures needed to contain the spread of the disease

The Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 is considering rolling back some freedom for health reasons

New information indicates that Nigerians are faced with the prospects of entering a second lockdown if the rise in COVID-19 cases continues unchecked.

The National Economic Council (NEC) said another lockdown will be the last resort in the wake of the second wave of the disease, The Nation reported.

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NEC which is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the disclosure after a virtual meeting on Thursday, December 17.

One of the attendees of the meeting, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state told the press that Nigerians need to abide by the COVID-19 protocols to avoid the shutdown of the economy.

He said:

“And for that, states were advised to go back and emphasis the implementation or the enforcement of some of the protocols that we have earlier started in the first phase. Otherwise, we have to resort to the last aspect, of course everybody knows, going back to lockdown again which is not anybody’s doing.”

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A statement issued by the office of the vice president described Nigeria’s current coronavirus situation as alarming.

Similarly, the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 said its earlier decision to reopen the economy may have to be reviewed.

 The chairman of the task force told a press briefing on Thursday, December 17, stated that the resurgence of the disease was a cause for concern.

Mustapha who is currently in isolation was represented at the briefing by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

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