If the resolve of the Federal government to effect a precision lockdown on 18 local government areas( LGAs) with highest cases of COVID-19 in the country still hold, then Lagos is on its way to another full lockdown.
Lagos state has 20 LGAs out which 11 of them have been identified as high risk zones.
The affected LGAs in Lagos as identified by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 included :Mainland (1,274 cases), Mushin (458 cases), Eti-Osa (403 cases), Alimosho (239 cases), Kosofe (175 cases), Ikeja (168 cases), Oshodi/Isolo (132 cases), Apapa (131 cases), Amuwo Odofin (129 cases), Lagos Island (111), and Surulere (110 cases). All of these are in Lagos Mainland.
Other identified councils included: FCT, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) with 536 cases to make the top 20 list while Tarauni in Kano State had 248; Katsina local government area in Katsina State (242), Maiduguri local government area in Borno State (167), Dutse local government area in Jigawa State (170), Nassarawa local government area in Kano state (152), Oredo in Edo State (126), Bauchi local government area in Bauchi State (114), and Ado Odo/Ota in Ogun State (107).
Chairman of PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha,explained that the decision was necessary to further contain the spread of the dreaded virus.
“The reason for the precision lockdown is to place specific measures that will be administered by state governments and local authorities. It is not for the federal government, it is the responsibilities of states and local authorities. According to the report, Lagos, which remains the epicenter of COVID-19 in Nigeria, has 11 out of the top 20 local government areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19. The NCDC record shows that Lagos Mainland council has the highest number (1,274) of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria”.
He said,” “For the precision lockdown, we have identified 18 local governments out of the 774 local government that are considered to be high burden with this infection and they account for 60 per cent of 24, 077 infections.