COVID-19: No Lockdown For Now – FG Says Amid Surge In Delta Variant
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire on Thursday said the federal government is not considering another lockdown as the country records a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The minister made this known during the weekly ministerial briefing by the Presidential Communication Team in Abuja.
Ehanire said Nigeria has not reached a threat level that will warrant imposing a lockdown, adding that lockdown poses a great threat to business activities.
The minister said most countries that are threatened by COVID-19 infections no longer impose general lockdown but a precision lockdown, where certain areas are shut down.
“We are not at a level yet where we are feeling that threat to do any lockdown but I tell you many countries are not doing generalised lockdown but precision lockdown,” he said.
“As I speak to you now, there are several countries who are on one kind of lockdown or the other, at least if my recollection is correct, six or seven countries are on one form of lockdown or the other. We do not have that on the table right now.”
Nigeria is currently battling the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic following the emergence of the Delta variant.
On Wednesday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 790 COVID-19 cases across 12 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) – the highest single-day count in over six months.
Due to the surge in the number of infections, many Nigerians are worried that a lockdown may be imminent.