COVID-19: We Will Lockdown Again If Cases Rise; Federal Government Says

Written by on May 5, 2020

The Federal Government says if there is an explosion of cases of coronavirus infections, it will be left with no choice but to ask all Nigerians to go back to their homes. Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this in Abuja yesterday at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He said initial reports on compliance with the guidelines on the implementation of the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, which took effect yesterday were not too pleasing across the country He expressed concern that corporate organisations, especially banks, flouted the NCDC’s guideline for infection prevention and control.

When we say take responsibility this time, yes we’re addressing individuals, but we really needed to address corporate Nigeria. One of the biggest groups that we have allowed to restart business today (Monday) were banks. When you limit the number of branches that open, everybody goes to the one branch that is open; that becomes counter-productive.

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