Rising Cases Of Covid19; Nigerians Should Brace up for Second Nationwide Lockdown
Nigerians should start bracing up for an imminent second national lockdown over the rising cases of Covid19 cases across the country. There are already signs that the federal government might effect a second national lockdown to help check the growing cases of Covid19.
Since the government eased the national lockdown in June, there have been rising cases of Covid19 across the country. Nigerians have also thrown caution into the wind by not abiding by the recommended restrictions such as wearing facemasks in public, maintaining social distancing, avoid crowded places, washing hands, and use of hand sanitizers among others to prevent the spread of the deadly Covid19 virus.
The state government in Jigawa, kano, and Kaduna have already ordered the immediate closure of both public and private primary schools across the state due to the rising case of the deadly Covid19 virus. The Jigawa state government directed that all schools should be closed effectively from Wednesday, December 16, 2020. This was contained in a press state released by the acting Permanent Secretary of the Jigawa State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Rabiu Adamu.
Mr. Rabiu Adamu Advice parents and school managers to prepare for the evacuation of pupils back home from Wednesday, especially those in the boarding schools. In the same vain the Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Makarfi, said in a statement that the Kaduna state ministry of education decided to shut down schools as a result of the rising cases of Covid19 infections in the state.
According to Dr. Shehu Makarfi, he said the state has witnessed a repeat of rising cases of COVID19 figures similar to what was a witness in the first wave of the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic in April, May, and June 2020, this is indicating that a new wave of the infection is rapidly spreading across the state.
The Commissioner He noted that the State’s Ministry of Health has further confirmed that while the infections cut across age groups, the new wave especially, affects those between 10 and 35 years (which form a majority of the populace in the education sector).
Following the recent development, there is an ongoing report across various social media platforms that the Federal Government has now declared failure to wear a mask in public places and public transport is a crime. According to the information been shared across social media, various platform defaulters are to pay a fine of 20,000 Naira or 6 months in imprisonment or both.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also warned Nigerians that there is an increase in the number of recorded Covid19 infections daily. In its recent announcement for 15 December 2020, NCDC confirmed that 758 new cases of COVID19 Nigeria;
The Federal capital territory has the highest recorded figures of 305 cases, followed by Lagos with 152 new Covid19 cases. Other states are Kaduna-103, Bauchi-44, Gombe-35, Plateau-31, Rivers-17, and Sokoto-15.
Kwara state recorded 13 new cases, Kano-9, Ebonyi-8, Ogun-5, Osun-5, Oyo-4, Edo-4, Anambra-4, Bayelsa-2, Ekiti-1, and Taraba state 1. According to NCDC, the total numbers of confirmed Covid19 cases in the country are 74,132, with 66,494 discharged and 1,200 deaths recorded.
NCDC has advised Nigerians to take actions that will protect you, your loved ones and community from COVID19 such as
- Wear a face mask
- Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water
- Maintain physical distance
- Cough/sneeze into your elbow
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces