- The federal government has warned that a lot of COVID-19 community transmission is happening at the moment
- Nigerians have been warned that going out means, they will more likely be infected
- At the moment, the number of COVID-19 patients is more than four weeks ago when the country was on lockdown
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The federal government has warned Nigerians that they are more likely to contract coronavirus now than ever before.
This was stated by the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu at a press briefing on Thursday, June 18.
He said due to the expanding rate of community infections in the country, more Nigerian are at risk of contracting the virus.
“Now, more than ever before. If you go out, you are more likely to get COVID-19 than before. You’re at risk of acquiring COVID-19, because of the numbers we have now is more than three, four weeks ago when we had the lockdown,” he said.
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Similarly, Boss Mustapha, leader of the PTF, stated that the COVID-19 virus “is still much around and real.”
He said the relaxed lockdown should not be misinterpreted to mean the pandemic is over
Experts had earlier warned that people are not adhering to safety measures, saying more cases should be expected.
On Nairaland, Nigeria's foremost public forum, someone wrote: “Obviously, it has gotten out of hand and our leaders are clueless on how best to curtail the situation.”
Another person wrote: “Until this virus consumes us that's when the federal government will wake up. I have said it over and over that the federal government should lock down the country, let everyone remain indoors at home.
“We will stock our homes, no movement either. Total lockdown for at least 6weeks will help us defeat this virus.
“The federal government should shut all churches and mosques, interstate travel should not continue until further notice.”
Henry Shield, a popular figure on Twitter wrote: “Many in Nigeria, even in our so-called cities still don’t believe in the existence of COVID-19. The relaxing of the lockdown without adequate sensitization is giving many the impression that the virus has gone.”
To make matters worse, as the number of cases keeps rising each day, Nigerian doctors are currently on strike, while other health workers now threatening industrial action too.
Recall that Godwin Akwaji, the lawmaker representing Obudu constituency at the Cross River state House of Assembly, on Thursday, June 18 died after showing symptoms of COVID-19.
The lawmaker died at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) isolation centre after exhibiting fatigue, fever, cough, breathlessness.
A family source quoted in the report said the deceased had been treated for malaria and pneumonia with no improvement.
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