By Seun Adeuyi
The Federal Government says it will have no option other than imposing a fresh lockdown on the country if the rising cases of COVID-19 infections recorded lately continue.
Sani Aliyu, National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, who stated this during a briefing in Abuja, said the rising infections were of concern and might require a fresh lockdown.
TheBreakingTimes had earlier reported that the Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, on Monday, said the Government has no plan to impose a fresh lockdown as the country battles the second wave of the pandemic.
But speaking on Thursday, the PTF Coordinator said, “If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions.”
In the same vein, Boss Mustapha, PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who spoke earlier, said, “The Presidential Task Force is very concerned about the increasing daily numbers that we are recording.
“On 6th of January 2021, we recorded 1,664 infections. This is yet another all-time high in Nigerian and we must all take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance.”
In March 2020, the government had locked down the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as Lagos and Ogun States for over five weeks as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus during the first wave of the pandemic. This had a tremendous effect on economic activities with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry putting the loss at about N3bn in the period under review.
Many jobs were also lost as organizations cut their workforce due to the crushing effect of the lockdown.