Tuesday, April 20

FG mulls another lockdown, Envisages Spike in Infection Rates

COVID-19 protocol violations: FG mulls another lockdown, envisages spike in infection rates

Following its decision to ease the five-week lockdown it imposed on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos State and Ogun State, the federal government has said it might be forced to proclaim another round of lockdown across the country, saying most Nigerians who went out for their businesses on Monday violated its containment protocols against the spread of the COVID-19.

According to the federal government, more Covid-19 infections are expected to be recorded across the country due to such violations.

While it lamented the low level of public compliance with its containment protocols, the federal government also said it would be engaging the northern governors to find a way of halting their current resort to evacuating Almajiris from one state to the other, saying such action is counterproductive to its decision banning interstate movement.

The government noted that about 4, 000 Nigerians have indicated their interest to return to the country, saying the process of evacuating them would begin by Wednesday.

Also, residents of the nation’s capital, Abuja have slammed security agencies in the territory for causing unnecessary gridlocks on intra-city roads by shutting parts of the roads for no reason.

Their complaints came as most banks in the FCT were crowded and social distancing rules violated as only a few bank branches were opened for business.

On its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said it could take the next 12 to 18 months for a Covid-19 vaccine to be ready, adding that after that, such a vaccine would still take another time to be mass-produced for the public.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire who spoke on the likelihood of Covid-19 infections increasing, however urged Nigerians to demonstrate a high level of responsibility to mitigate the spread of the virus.

He said although Covid-19 patients have a high survival rate, many people could get sick at the same time to the extent that the entire health sector could be crippled.

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