OH NO! Here's Why President Buhari May Enforce Another Lockdown
May. 18, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation in a broadcast on Monday, May 18, following the end of the first phase of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown. However, this gradual ease may likely not remain as a result of one particular reason.
Source: Guardian Nigeria
The president has addressed the nation on COVID-19 measures on three previous occasions. And according to Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, who appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, the president will give another address today.
The president was given a situation report on COVID-19 by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the PTF, on Sunday.
According to Mustapha, “COVID-19 is not going to go away in the next one or two months, whoever tells you that is not being realistic. No vaccine is in the horizon, we are talking about 18 months to two years before vaccines would be confirm for human use as far as COVID-19. And unless we get there, it means is that it will remain.”
Source: Premium Times Nigeria
Another bitter reality that Nigerians and the world at large will have to face is the fact that there could be a second wave of the pandemic.
While several businesses have reopened at the easing of the lockdown, Lagosians and every Nigerian would be keeping their fingers crossed in tonight's speech as there could very much be a return to the lockdown.
This comes as data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows that the country recorded more than half of its total confirmed cases after the lockdown was eased on May 4.
Prior to the easing of the lockdown, Nigeria recorded 2,558 cases as of May 3. The country also had on record, 400 discharged patients and 87 deaths.
But two weeks after the lockdown was eased, the country recorded a spike in the number of cases from 2,558 to 5,959. The figures have not only risen, the daily toll has also increased.
Source: Financial Times
On May 7, Nigeria recorded its highest daily toll with 381 confirmed cases, but the record now appears to be short-lived as 338 COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Sunday. Although the country has discharged 1,594 patients, 182 persons have died from the disease.
All these remain pointers to the fact that we could see another lockdown or see safety measures get stricter. Do you want a second lockdown? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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