Nigeria Risks Total Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Spike

There are concerns that the country might return to total lockdown as COVID-19 cases continued to soar in the country.

This is especially as some state governors have threatened a total lockdown if the eased lockdown does not bring forth good result.

On Tuesday June 9, Nigeria recorded its highest-ever number of COVID-19 cases since the contagion was first reported in March.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed some 663 new COVID-19 cases nationwide, with Lagos maintaining the lead with 170 cases and Ogun taking second with 108 cases.

As at yesterday, the figure dropped to 409 with 17 deaths, a significant improvement over Tuesday’s.

Notwithstanding, the recent development has continued to raise concerns as to the effect of the eased lockdown especially with Tuesday outrageous result.

Nigeria as at today has 13,873 COVID-19 cases with 382 deaths.

Some Nigerians are of the opinion that another lockdown will not save the situation , rather people should attuned themselves to the reality of COVID-19 which is believed has come to stay.

To the Director-General of Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Assembly (NECA), Dr. Timothy Olawale, “The implications of another lockdown will be shocking to the economy, businesses and individuals. It will threaten between 1.28 million and 2.75 million of jobs nationally. Prior to the advent of COVID-19, the economy had been struggling with a huge budget deficit that was occasioned by low revenue and external shock.

“Therefore, easing the lockdown is about the only way of striking the necessary balance between the economic and the health crisis as a nation.

“The Organised Private Sector would rather request that governments at all levels should be responsible for restoration of the economy while working towards flattening the curve.

“We would rather suggest that, it is imperative that the federal, state and local governments should set up robust safety guidelines and measures in place and strictly enforce them to enhance sustainable living whilst reducing and containing the spread.

“The implication for the Nigerian economy can only be imagined. The most important thing is that all protocols should be enforced by government. The failure of the public to observe the guidelines is not enough reason. The government should bring its full weight to bear on the enforcement,” he said.

After originating in Wuhan, China , December 2019, Coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.

The pandemic has killed nearly 412,000 people worldwide, with total infections exceeding 7.25 million, while some 3.39 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by US’ Johns Hopkins University.

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