New COVID-19: PTF Gives Condition For Fresh Lockdown

by on January 12, 2021

By Seun Adeuyi

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

Dr Sani Aliyu, PTF National Coordinator, who stated this while featuring on TVC on Tuesday, insisted that no decision has been made on a fresh lockdown.

His words, “The behaviour 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 it.

“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.”

Recall that the government ordered a lockdown in March 2020 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States for over five weeks during the first wave of the pandemic. This led to job losses as airlines, banks, among others cut their workforce due to the crushing economic effect of the lockdown.

TheBreakingTimes had reported that the FG admitted it would be left with no option than to impose a fresh lockdown in the country, if the number of infections continue to rise.

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