FG may impose fresh lockdown on the country over spike in COVID-19 cases – PTF

Dr. Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Thursday said that Federal Government may be forced to impose a fresh lockdown on the country over spike in COVID-19 cases.

During the PTF briefing in Abuja, Aliyu said the federal government was concerned over the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, adding that the development might require a fresh lockdown.

Nigeria has 95, 934 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,330 fatalities as of Thursday.

The coordinator further said: “If these COVID-19 numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option but to impose a fresh lockdown. If we do not want to lockdown, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions.”

The PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, who was also at the briefing, said the spike in COVID-19 cases calls for concern as well as concerted efforts from the government and the citizens.

He said: “The Presidential Task Force is very concerned about the increasing daily numbers that we are recording.

“We must all take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had said on Monday that the government has no plan to impose a fresh lockdown in the country.