The Nigerian Federal government has expressed worry over the resurgence of coronavirus and may be forced to impose a fresh lockdown.
The Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, who spoke to news men today, December 17, shortly after the virtual meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC), presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said stressed that a fresh lockdown “would be the last resort in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.”
He said that the council expressed concern at the development and advised Nigerians to comply with health experts’ directive on personal hygiene and restrictions on the number of people in public gatherings among other protocols.
“It was resolved that proper measures should be taken again with very strict observation of the protocols and observation of some of the conditions that were laid, otherwise, we are going to move into a situation where it will be very uncontrollable.
“And for that, states were advised to go back and lay emphasis on the implementation or the enforcement of some of the protocols that we have earlier started in the first phase.
“Otherwise, we have to resort to the last aspect, of course everybody knows, going back to lockdown again which is not anybody’s doing.
“But then let’s all go back and observe most of the protocols that we have to curtail the further spread of COVID-19.”
Nigeria has recorded an upsurge in coronavirus in recent week with NCDC confirming 930 fresh cases in 21 states of the federation and Abuja on Wednesday.
In a bid to prevent further spread of the virus, the government has continued to sensitise the people on total compliance with the preventive measures put in place by health experts.
Nigeria has 75, 062 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1, 200 fatalities as of Wednesday night.
However, 66, 775 patients had been effectively managed and discharged from various care centres across the country.
Governor Lalong was shortly after the NEC meeting tested positive for the virus and announced that he was proceeding on self-isolation in compliance with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) directive on the matter.