The possibility of another lockdown has been issued by the Federal Government following the disregard for COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.
According to This Day, during a media briefing on Tuesday, January 19, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) through its chairman, Bosss Mustapha, lamented the low adherence to the safety guidelines by Nigerians.
Also stating that since the resumption of schools across the country on Monday, January 18, there has been a vivid disregard for the directives on COVID-19 as out in place by the Federal Government.
He stressed that to avoid the second lockdown, “citizens must keep their hands on deck” while striking a balance between “lives and livelihood.”
“Let me remind you that the pandemic is raging and all tiers of government and citizens must keep their hands on deck. “We are in a difficult situation in which a balance must continue to be struck between lives and livelihood.“
“We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received. We must do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in Nigeria.”
Mustapha raised the alarm that South Africa and Nigeria have continued to report highest daily count on the African continent, adding that South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Algeria and Kenya accounted for 76 per cent of all cases on the continent.
Mustapha said one in every five persons tested last week was positive for the virus.
He also added that Nigeria has moved up to the third position in the highest cumulative case load while it remains second for new cases and fifth highest in cumulative deaths on the WHO African region.