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Nigerian govt speaks of imposing another lockdown

The Nigerian Government has made public its decision about imposing another lockdown, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

In a daily media briefing, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), Boss Mustapha revealed the position of the government and its plan on the novel coronavirus.

Mustapha was asked if the government was looking to another lockdown of the country, in a bid to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

“To go back to a total lockdown must be taken in the context of what we desire to achieve after we’ve lockdown for about five weeks and seen how we fared.

“So the issue of review might not have (another lockdown) in contemplation because you can’t move forward and begin to move backward again,” he replied.

According to the NCDC, 345 of the new cases were confirmed in Lagos, the epicenter of the virus.

The agency’s update also showed that 51 more cases were detected in Rivers, 48 in Ogun, 47 in Gombe, 36 in Oyo, 31 in Imo, 28 in Delta, 23 in Kano, 18 in Bauchi and 12 cases each in Edo and Katsina.

As at the moment, 143 patients recovered from the virus and have been discharged. The total of discharged cases in the country now stands at 4,494.

Five patients also died of the virus on Thursday, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths in the country to 387.

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