COVID-19: Avoid Second Lockdown, PTF Urges Nigerians

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has called on Nigerians to do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in the country.

The Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, made the call on Monday at a press briefing in Abuja.

Mustapha said a second lockdown can be avoided by complying with the protocols released by government.

He said; “Let me remind you that the pandemic is raging and all tiers of Government and citizens must keep their hands-on-deck.

‌“We are in a difficult situation in which a balance must continue to be struck between lives and livelihood.

“We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received.

“We must do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in Nigeria.”

He said the government was making progress with the Case Management under the National Response which continues to receive the support of the private sector in the delivery of medical oxygen to the various facilities.

As the country battles the second wave of the virus, Nigeria has been witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases since late 2020 with infections currently 110,387.

Experts and the PTF have consistently attributed the increase in cases to failure of Nigerians to comply with COVID-19 protocols laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.