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FG Says Fresh Lockdown May Be Imposed If COVID-19 Cases Rise With Deaths

Nigeria will go on a fresh nationwide lockdown if the rising cases of COVID-19 infections continue, the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has said.

National coordinator of the task force Sani Aliyu said this during a briefing in Abuja, adding that the Federal Government was worried over the growing cases of infections.

“If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions,” Aliyu said on Thursday.

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PTF chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha who spoke earlier said: “The presidential task force is very concerned about the increasing daily numbers that we are recording.

“On 6th of January 2021, we recorded 1,664 infections. This is yet another all-time high in Nigerian and we must all take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance.”

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed had on Monday said the Federal Government has no plan to impose a fresh lockdown.

The first nationwide lockdown came in March 2020.

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