Nigeria: FG Considers Another Lockdown in Abuja, Lagos, Plateau

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The federal government hinted yesterday that it was considering targeted lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as Lagos and Plateau States.

National Incident Manager of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammed, who stated while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, described as alarming the rising cases of COVID-19 infections recorded in the three urban areas.

Muhammed said data showed that urban local governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of COVID-19 amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria.

According to data by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos with 46,935 cases, Abuja 16,470 cases, Plateau 7,801 have recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities in Nigeria in the last eleven months.

Asked about the possibility of a targeted lockdown and not a total lockdown based on data of hotspot areas, Muhammed said, “That is exactly what we did. We have been analysing the data and we have been looking at the geographical areas that have been most affected and the different age groups.

“Certainly, even if we are going to have a lockdown, it is not going to be a total lockdown. A couple of weeks back, we analysed the data and we identified the hotspot local government areas.

“The urban areas are the most affected and that is why we have these super spreaders and that is where we are going to target. We have analysed that and we are advising the states based on the data that these are the focused areas where these transmissions are more than the others.”

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