With what happened today, FG may call for another lockdown – NCDC warns Nigerians

Following the disobedient to the social distancing rule by Nigerians on Monday, Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says the federal government may call for another lockdown in the country.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier issued a five-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to fight the deadly coronavirus.

And today the lockdown was relaxed for people yo go out, by it has resulted into crowd of people everywhere.

Sunrise News learnt that Lagosians were seeing in Banks and markets without maintaining social distance. It was also reported that the case was not different in Abuja and other places.

Ihekweazu, while speaking at the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, said the federal government may be forced to issue another lockdown if cases explodes.

He advised Nigerians to obey social distancing rule and other guidelines to or else the leadership of the country may ask Nigerians to go back to their homes.

In his words: “It is not the guidelines per se, it is the thinking behind it. How do we want to manage the risk of explosion and transmission? Today, we might forgive a little bite because it is the first day,” he said.

“We will have infection because of what happened today, no doubt about that. But how can we learn from the mistakes of today into tomorrow, next tomorrow so by Friday hopefully we have normalised some of these things.

“Yes, we knew today would be a problem because for the first time, people were let out of their homes but now they are out and we have seen the sunlight again, the challenge for us as a society is how do we now organise ourselves to mitigate these risks and limit transmission?

“We might have a few extra infection today and tomorrow but what we don’t want is an explosion of new infections. If we do have that infection, there will be almost no choice left for the leadership of the country than to ask all of us to go back into our homes. So for the benefit of coming out to reopen parts of the economy, there is a price to pay which is to reorganise ourselves to do this safely.”

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