Nigerians risk another lock-down if they continue to violate some health guidelines over the coronavirus pandemic
The Nigerian government had eased lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, including the FCT.
Some State Governors followed suit. In Imo State, the State government eased the lockdown with compulsory use of face masks.
It was observed that compliance to the lockdown directives were flouted as social distancing was not observed.
The Director General, Nigeria Centre For Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu said in Abuja that the new case of the virus may arise if the people continue to flout the directives.
He said “How do we want to manage the risk of explosion and transmission?
”Today, we might forgive a little bit because it is the first day.
“We will definitely have more cases because of what happened today, no doubt about that.
“But how can we learn from the mistakes of today into tomorrow, next tomorrow so by Friday hopefully we have normalised some of these things.
“Yes, we knew today would be a problem because for the first time, people were let out of their homes but now they are out and we have seen the sunlight again, the challenge for us as a society is how do we now organise ourselves to mitigate these risks and limit transmission?
“We might have a few extra infections today and tomorrow but what we don’t want is an explosion of new infections.
“If the cases of the virus infection increases, there will be almost no choice left for the leadership of the country than to ask all of us to go back into our homes.
“So for the benefit of coming out to reopen parts of the economy, there is a price to pay which is to reorganise ourselves to do this safely.”