FG Considers Total Lockdown Of Lagos, Abuja, Plateau

Yemisi Izuora

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Friday, January 29, hinted that Federal Government is considering a total lockdown of Lagos and Plateau states as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, as the second wave of the virus continues to spread.

This imminent COVID-19 lockdown was disclosed by the National Incident Manager of the PTF, Mukhtar Muhammed while speaking on a Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily.

According to Muhammed, the rising cases of the coronavirus infections recorded in the three areas are alarming.

He also noted that current data has revealed that local governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of COVID-19; amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria in the last three months.

Presenting the figures from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control as of today, Muhammed said Lagos has the highest COVID-19 infection rate of 46,935; followed by Abuja with 16,470; while Plateau has a total of 7,801 cases of infections.

“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.

“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.

“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 restrictions, 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,”Muhammed said.

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