Second Wave: PTF Mulls Lockdown In Lagos, Abuja, Plateau

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

PTF National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, who stated this on Friday, described as alarming, the rising cases of Covid infections recorded in the three urban areas.

Muhammed said data showed that urban local governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of Covid amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria. According to data by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Lagos (46,935 cases), Abuja (16,470 cases), Plateau (7,801) have recorded the highest number of Covid infections and fatalities in Nigeria in the last eleven months.

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 they did, they have been analysing the data and we have been looking at the geographical areas that have been most affected and the different age groups.

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