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COVID-19 second wave: NEC gives condition for another lockdown in Nigeria

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The National Economic Council (NEC) has given a condition for Nigeria to go back to lockdown again in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. NEC said Nigeria would have to resort to the last aspect of going back to lockdown again if Nigerians don’t take proper measures with very strict observation of the protocols that were laid on COVID-19.

The council expressed worries and advised that sanitation restrictions on the number of people in gatherings among other protocols should be taken seriously. “It was resolved that proper measures should be taken again with very strict observation of the protocols and observation of some of the conditions that were laid, otherwise, we are going to move into a situation where it will be very uncontrollable.

“And for that, states were advised to go back and emphasize the implementation or the enforcement of some of the protocols that we have earlier started in the first phase. “Otherwise, we have to resort to the last aspect, of course, everybody knows, going back to lockdown again, which is not anybody’s doing.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of a National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice=President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong said NEC stressed that “But then let’s all go back and observe most of the protocols that we have to curtail the further spread of COVID-19,’’ he said. The Federal Government had warned that Nigeria was witnessing a second wave of COVID-19 going by the latest records.

Reuters had in a December 10 report stated that the Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire warned that Nigeria may be on the verge of a second wave of COVID-19 infections amid rising number of confirmed cases in Africa’s most populous country over the last few weeks, the health minister said on Thursday.

Osagie Ehanire, speaking at a televised news conference in the capital Abuja, said 1,843 cases were recorded last week compared with 1,235 two weeks before that, and 1,126 the week before that. “We may just be on the verge of a second wave of this pandemic,” he said. His comments came a day after South Africa said it had officially entered a second wave.

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