COVID-19: FG ISSUES A NEW STATEMENT ON IMPOSING A SECOND LOCKDOWN

The federal government on Monday, January 4, assured Nigerians that there is no plan to impose a fresh lockdown on the country following the battle against the second wave of the pandemic. In a report by Leadership, the government made the clarification through the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed. Speaking further at a conference in Lagos state, Mohammed said the federal government did not at any point say it is going to have a second lockdown.The minister also expressed the government’s disappointment with Nigerians for not obeying the COVID-19 protocols of wearing face masks, practising social distancing, and washing of hands. Dousing the fears of Nigerians, Mohammed said that the government is very much aware of the economic and social implications of a second lockdown. He, however, appealed to Nigerians to help themselves and the economy, by adhering strictly to all guidelines outlined by the Presidentrial Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. This development is coming after the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 warned that another lockdown is likely in Nigeria with the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.The he PTF expressed concerns that Nigerians have continued to shun the prescribed protocols despite the second wave of the virus hitting hard. National coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said the only way to prevent a re-introduction of a lockdown is by adhering to the advisories by citizens.

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