Minister of state for health says FG may enforce another lockdown

Minister of state for health says FG may enforce another lockdown

- The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has faulted Lagos and Abuja residents for flouting rules on social distancing

- Mamora noted that the failure of residents to adhere to the guidelines on social distancing may prompt another lockdown.

- The minister said another lockdown might be inevitable if the trend persists

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The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the federal government may enforce another lockdown in Lagos and Abuja if residents continue to disregard rules of social distancing.

Vanguard reports that Mamora made the statement when raising concerns about the failure of residents in Lagos and Abuja to adhere to the rules of social distancing.

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Mamora raised concerns about the failure of residents in Lagos and Abuja to social distancing. Photo credits: Tribune
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“I am not comfortable with what I am seeking, the relaxation is a cause for worry, and it is giving a lot of concern,” the minister of state was quoted to have said.

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He said despite the messages on the dangers of COVID-19, people continued to violate the rules on social distancing.

Mamora said another lockdown might be inevitable if the trend persists.

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"It is anticipated there could be another lockdown. We anticipated that because as at the time this lockdown was relaxed, it was not as if the outbreak in the country had peaked, so we expect the figures would still rise. We are ready for that,” he said.

Meanwhile, with increasing figures of people who tested positive to the federal government has said Nigeria is approaching a difficult era in response to the novel coronavirus disease outbreak.

The minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, gave the explanation at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing on COVID19.

The minister said that as the COVID-19 pandemic increases and progress to community transmission level in Nigeria, health ministry and other relevant government agencies were continuously seeking measures to check or break the transmission of the pandemic.

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He noted that the target was to identify all positive cases and isolate both the symptomatic and asymptomatic to safeguard the health of the rest of the population as well as provide care to the symptomatic.

Ehanire said that the ministry “is continuously monitoring and reviewing the situation and responding with the dispatch of teams of experts to provide technical support to high burden areas or states grappling with epidemic control issues.

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