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COVID-19: PTF Considers Lockdown In Lagos, Abuja, Plateau

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is considering lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Lagos and Plateau States.

The PTF National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, said this during an interview on Friday.

He described the rising cases of COVID-19 infections recorded in the three urban areas as alarming.

Muhammed said data showed that urban Local Governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of COVID-19 amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme monitored by The PUNCH, Muhammed said the Federal Government wants economic activities to continue but these activities must be in a regulated fashion.

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When asked of the possibility of a targeted lockdown and not a total lockdown based on data of hotspot areas, Muhammed said, “That is exactly what we did, we have been analysing the data and we have been looking at the geographical areas that have been most affected and the different age groups.”

“Certainly, even if we are going to have a lockdown, it is not going to be a total lockdown. A couple of weeks back, we analysed the data and we identified the hotspot local government areas.

“Mostly, the areas affected are the urban local governments in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Plateau. Even in most other states, it is the urban areas that are involved. So, if we are going to have any restriction, it will be in these areas.

“The urban areas are the most affected and that is why we have these superspreaders and that is where we are going to target. We have analysed that and we are advising the states based on the data that these are the focused areas where these transmissions are more than the others,” he added.

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