The federal government may be considering to lockdown 18 local government areas in the country with the highest number of confirmed cases of the ravaging COVID-19.
Instead of a total lockdown of the country, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, after having briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, hinted at the measure.
The PTF chairman explained that instead of locking down the whole country or states, like it was done during the early stage of the COVID-19 in Nigeria, the country may just need to lockdown the 18 local government areas with the highest number of cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The 18 local government areas were given as Lagos- Lagos Mainland LG, Abuja – Abuja Municipal, Lagos – Mushin, Lagos – Eti-Osa, Kano – Tarauni, Katsina – Katsina, Lagos – Alimosho, Borno – Maiduguri, Lagos – Kosofe, Jigawa – Dutse, Lagos – Ikeja, Kano – Nassarawa, Lagos – Oshodi/Isolo, Lagos – Apapa, Lagos – Amuwo Odofin, Edo – Oredo, Bauchi – Bauchi, Lagos – Lagos Island, Lagos – Surulere and Ogun – Ado Odo/Ota.
On the staggering number of cases being recorded over the past weeks, the PTF chairman explained that with 39 molecular labs, the country is expected to have more cases as tests are carried out.
Boss Mustapha also addressed the issue of low mortality rate in the country with the claim that 80 percent of the active cases in the country falls within the age bracket 31 to 40, which explains the mortality rate as explained by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).