Lockdown Ease: FG Warns Nigerians Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines Of Looming Danger

The Federal government has warned Nigerians, expressing displeasure over the continued disregard of the eased lockdown guidelines.

The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, while speaking at the daily briefing on Wednesday, said he sees danger ahead for the country as Nigerians continue to flout COVID19 guidelines.

According to Mustapha:

“The overall assessment of compliance with the measures and outcomes of modelling we have developed, point in the direction of danger ahead. We therefore need personal discipline, increased awareness and enforcement.

I want to reiterate the fact that our individual and collective safety is in our hands and I re-echo my call and appeal to Nigerians to demonstrate our duty to ourselves and loved ones by minimising the risk of getting infected by the virus.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari had on April 27, ordered the easing of the lockdown starting from Monday, May 4 and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew nationwide.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has also advised states against keeping asymptomatic coronavirus patients in isolation centres. The national coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, gave the advice on Wednesday, May 6 in Abuja, The Nation reports.

Aliyu said asymptomatic patients which constitute about 80% of those infected in the country are better treated in places like hotels since they do not need serious treatment.

He charged states to start preparing and equipping isolation centres with not less than 300 beds. Giving further explanation, Aliyu said it is advised to keep those with little or no symptoms away from hospitals and regular isolation centres because they would not need serious treatment or monitoring.

He added that keeping them from the isolation centres will also make spaces more adequate for those with serious symptoms.

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Aliyu also urged Nigerians to take the coronavirus pandemic with seriousness, warning that efforts must be intensified to avoid another spike as the country begins easing lockdown in phases.

He reiterated that the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria was far from being over just as he also urged Nigerians to cooperate with security agents in observing the guidelines recently issued for the eased lockdown.

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