COVID-19: FG considers enforcing lockdown in 20 local government areas

COVID-19: FG considers enforcing lockdown in 20 local government areas

The federal government has revealed the names of the 20 high burden local government areas that may come under locked down to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 made the disclosure on Monday, June 29, after President Muhammadu Buhari was briefed about the four-week gradual easing of lockdown, The Nation reported.

COVID-19: FG considers enforcing lockdown in 20 local government areas
The list revealed by the government showed that 11 of those local government areas are in Lagos state. Photo credits: NCDC
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The chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, however, noted that state government and local authorities where the councils are located will oversee the lockdown.

The list of the local government areas that may come under locked down include:

In Lagos state:

1. Lagos mainland

2. Mushin

3. Eti-Osa

4. Alimosho

5. Kosofe

6. Ikeja

7. Oshodi/Isolo

8 Apapa

9. Amuwo Odofin

10. Lagos Island

11. Surulere

Outside Lagos

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12. Abuja Municipal

13. Tarauni (Kano)

14. Katsina

15. Maiduguri (Borno)

16. Dutse (Jigawa)

17. Ado Odo/Ota (Ogun)

18. Nassarawa (Kano)

19. Oredo (Edo)

20. Bauchi

Meanwhile, Nigeria on Tuesday, June 30, recorded 561 new cases of coronavirus pandemic in nineteen states, bringing the total confirmed infection figure to 25,694.

This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet as the seventy more deaths were also recorded. As usual, 200 new cases were reported in Lagos which is the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria while Edo state followed on the log with 119 cases.

Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded 52 cases each while Niger has 32. Ogun state has 19 cases, Ondo has 16, Imo 14 and Plateau 11 cases.

Eight new cases were reported in each of Abia and Oyo states, while Bayelsa followed behind with seven cases. Katsina state has six cases.

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The trio of Bauchi, Osun, Kebbi have three cases each while Borno and Jigawa states closed the log with two and one cases respectively.

In another report, following a "safe reopening" of schools for graduating students by the federal government, Lagos state government said it is mapping out arrangements on how 10,000 radio sets will be given to pupils to continue schooling at home.

Speaking with The Cable News on Sunday, June 28, Lagos commissioner of education, Folasade Adefisayo, said the state will distribute the radio sets to students in underserved communities.

The commissioner also disclosed that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos government through state education ministry also will partner with telecommunications companies.

According to her, the partnership will facilitate a way of getting free or subsidised data for private schools as academic activities continue from homes.

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