COVID 19 lockdown update: FG reviews lockdown as cases surpass 20,000


The federal government said it would review the national lockdown brought about by the corona virus pandemic by the end of June.

The chairman of the Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19 and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha said on Monday, that it would continue to monitor developments nationwide in order to take informed decisions by the end of June, on the second phase of the lockdown.

“Yesterday, June 21, 2020, Nigeria crossed the threshold of 20, 000, with our total number rising to 20, 244 confirmed cases.

“This signified to the PTF that more testing has been carried out in recent weeks.

“However, we are not deluded that we are getting enough samples to test. I wish to remind all our citizens that the best strategy remains to test, detect, isolate and treat,” he said.

According to him, this has accounted for the massive expansion in the laboratory network and testing centers.

“In Africa, WHO has reported that South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana have proportionately been the most affected countries on the continent of Africa.

“All these combined, represent a serious wake up call for us all to be responsive and to take full responsibility.

“Our failure to take responsibility threatens the gains we have recorded which is not good for our large population.

“Let me give you a vivid picture of how this virus has spread across our nation by timelines:

“April 16, 2020: 442 cases, May 16, 2020: 5,621 cases, June 16, 2020:17, 148 cases,” the SGF reeled out.

He said Nigeria really has a choice to make and there was an urgency of yesterday.

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