COVID-19: Extend lockdown trends on social media as Nigeria reports record infections

COVID-19: Extend lockdown trends on social media as Nigeria reports record infections

- There are now strong calls for the federal government to totally lockdown the country

- This is as Nigeria continues to report record infections after easing the lockdown

- On social media, Nigerians are calling on the Muhammadu Buhari administration to extend the lockdown

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Comments monitored on social media by Legit.ng suggests that Nigerians are now strongly calling on the federal government to totally lockdown the country.

This is as Nigeria continues to report record infections after easing the lockdown in three key areas - Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory.

Kano is the only state on total lockdown for two weeks at the moment after President Muhammadu Buhari gave the order during a national broadcast recently.

On Thursday, May 7, Nigeria recorded 381 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest number of cases recorded in a single day in the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC), confirmed this in a tweet bringing the total number of infections in the country to 3,526.

The new infections sparked outrage on social media especially the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

At the moment, #extendlockdown is the number one trending topic on Twitter, with many decrying the indiscipline of Nigerians after the government eased the lockdown.

Photos and videos which surfaced on social media on Monday, May 4, on the first day of the policy, showed widespread disregard for safety precautions put in place by the NCDC.

Reacting to the chaotic scenes in the country's commercial capital of Lagos and the seat of power - Abuja, the federal government threatened to lockdown parts of the country again should there be a spike in coronavirus cases.

This was revealed during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, May 4.

Speaking at the briefing, the director-general of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, lamented that many individuals and organisations flouted the NCDC’s guideline for social distancing, infection prevention and control.

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Recall that two Lagos-based lawyers, Isaiah Odje and Adebayo Johnson, had warned the government that the partial easing of lockdown in Lagos, against the spread of novel coronavirus, is risky.

The lawyers spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Thursday, April 30 in the mega-city.

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