We may propose fresh lockdown In 2021 says PTF

We may propose fresh lockdown In 2021
says PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has decried the alarming rise in fresh cases of COVID-19 infection in Lagos and Plateau states as well as the  Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It said that the task force has not ruled out imposing a fresh round of lockdown in the affected places if it will help curb the spread of the virus.

However, the PTF said, any fresh lockdown would be a targeted lockdown rather than a total one.

PTF National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed stated this Friday, noting that data showed that urban local government areas in the three areas were most affected in the second wave of the pandemic currently being experienced in Nigeria.

Mohammed, who spoke on Channels Television‘s popular current affairs programme Sunrise Daily, said that the Federal Government was not interested in
shutting down economic activities but noted that such must be properly regulated not to expose people to COVID-19 risk.

The PTF member said, “We have been analysing the data and we have been looking at the geographical areas that have been most affected and the different
age groups.

“Certainly, even if we are going to have a lockdown, it is not going to be a total lockdown. A couple of weeks back, we analysed the data and we identified the
hotspot local government areas.

“Mostly, the areas affected are the urban local governments in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Plateau. Even in most other states, it is the urban areas that are involved. So, if we are going to have any restriction, it will be in these areas.

“The urban areas are the most affected and that is why we have these superspreaders and that is where we are going to target. We have analysed that and we are advising the states based on the data that these are the focused areas where these transmissions are more than the others,” Mohammed said .

Recalled that the federal government has called for more vigilance on the possible resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic as some states announce schools resumption, saying another lockdown might be possible if Nigerians failed to adhere strictly to the
preventive measures put in place by the COVID-19 task force.

According to our informant umerah rapheal this was disclose by the secretary to the government of the federation and chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF)
on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha said this on Monday, at the joint national briefing of the taskforce.

Mustapha noted that over the last one week, the scientific community have tried to explain some new manifestation of COVID-19 spread, but lamented that the nation continues to observe a reversal of gains in the battle mostly in countries around Europe.

He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also expressed some concerns due to the fact that weekly cases have now exceeded those reported in March 2020 when the pandemic peaked in Europe.

According to him, Israel has re-introduced a three-week lockdown, the United Kingdom is considering another lock-down phase, Spain is enforcing a partial lockdown in Madrid, and France, amidst protests by its citizens apart from other stricter measures they introduced to contain the virus.

He said similar stories are coming from South Korea, Iran and the number of fatalities is approaching 200,000 in the USA.

He lamented that face masks have now been turned into chin masks.

We urge that vigilance and care should be exhibited by all Nigerians, irrespective of status. This virus does not discriminate and the PTF shall keep sustaining its sensitisation messaging.

We may propose fresh lockdown says PTF

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