FG mulls targeted lockdown in Abuja, Lagos, Plateau over rising COVID-19 cases

By our reporter| The federal government is considering another lockdown in Abuja, Lagos, and Plateau States.

The presidential task force incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, who stated this while appearing on Channels Television Programme on Friday described as alarming, the rising cases of Covid infections recorded in the three urban areas.

According to him, the Federal Government wants economic activities to continue but these activities must be in a regulated fashion.

“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, ” he said when probed on target lockdown as against total lockdown.

“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.

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“Mostly, the areas affected are the urban local governments in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Plateau. Even in most other states, it is the urban areas that are involved. So, if we are going to have any restriction, it will be in these areas.

“The urban areas are the most affected and that is why we have these superspreaders 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,” he added.

According to Muhammed, data showed that urban local governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of Covid amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria.

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

 

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