Another COVID-19 Lockdown Inevitable If Nigerians Don’t Social Distance – NCDC

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The Nigerian Centre  for Disease Control [NCDC] says the inability of Nigerians to follow government guidelines on social distancing  might force the return to total lockdown.

Director-General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu ,at the Presidential Task Force briefing on covid-19 on Monday, said that the private sector must join hands to implement the required measures.

Lockdown in place in Lagos, ogun and Abuja were lifted on Monday but there were crowds and Custer’s of people at the banks. Defying government advise.

“Initial reports are not too pleasing across the country,” Dr. Ihekweazu said of the lockdown compliance.

He stated that banks opening few branches was counter productive as people troop to the few available branches.

“So there’s only so much we can do,” he said, “we can produce all the guidelines in the world, we can preach, hold press conferences, but if organisations are not going to support the implementation of these measures and help us manage the risk . . . how do we want to manage and mitigate the risk of exposure, the risk of transmission?”

The NCDC said that Mondays behavior by Nigerians will no doubt result in more infections and spread. He urged the nation to learn from it of go back to square one.

“Yes, we knew today would be a problem,” he said. “Everybody here knew today would be a problem because for the first time people were let out of their homes.

“But now that we have seen the sunlight again, the challenge for us as a society is how do we now organise ourselves to mitigate this risk, to limit transmission.

“Yes, we might have a few extra transmission today and tomorrow, but what we don’t want is an explosion of new infections. If we do have that new explosion, there would be almost no choice for the leadership of the country than to ask everybody to go back into our homes.”


Earlier in the briefing , the chairman of PTF Boss mustapha had lamented the failure of Nigerians to follow the government rules regarding the lockdown relaxation.



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