Health Politics

Covid-19: FG Plans Another Lockdown, Warns Citizens

The Covid-19 Presidential Task Force has made it known that the Federal Government might likely re-impose a lockdown, following the second wave of Coronavirus and citizens refusal to adhere to laid down protocols.

This was made known by the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu. According to him, the lockdown could only be averted if citizens adhere to the protocols. He said that having another lockdown would affect businesses and this would greatly affect the economy of the nation which had already slumped into recession.

Speaking on a television programme on Sunday, He said that, “If you don’t want a lockdown, the only way is to make sure we use our facemasks, avoid mass gatherings, avoid people who have respiratory tract infections, sanitise our hands and follow those non-pharmaceutical interventions”.

He also stressed that “If numbers continue to go up, all options are on the table. There are countries in the world that have been able to control this pandemic simply by following these non-pharmaceutical interventions. They may be inconvenient, but they will not be as difficult as a lockdown”.

He said that Covid-19 truly exists and that anyone doubting it doesn’t exist in this world. He said hospitals have been overloaded in the past few weeks due to the hike in the number of cases across the country.

The doctor, though, said that vaccines would be available in Nigeria by the end of January and that the administration of the vaccine would be voluntary, as the government would not force anyone to take it.

According to him, “If you don’t have the vaccine, you are going to be stuck because I am very certain that countries, internationally in the next six months to a year, will start insisting on a certificate before you get into their country. So, you’ll not be able to go for the Hajj, the Umrah or the Christian pilgrimage, holiday to Dubai, or business trip to China or South Africa, if you do not have the vaccine”

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