The Nigerian government said Thursday that it is not considering locking down any part of the country despite the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Health Minister Osagie Ehanire, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, said a lockdown could only be considered as a “last resort” because “the lockdown stifles economic activity, restricts your own freedom and your business: corporate clients, government business, private companies “. everyone is affected. “
Nigeria introduced a nationwide lockdown for a few weeks in the early stages of COVID-19 last year. Mr Ehanire said the government has learned its lessons from the lockdown.
“When we were initially forced to keep this lockdown, we learned many lessons,” he said.
“You know, at the time the government was providing palliative care products to lessen the impact: if you couldn’t get in the market, if you couldn’t do your business.”
“But that’s not the government’s goal, no government wants to implement a lockdown,” he said.
Nigeria is currently experiencing the third wave of COVID-19 that has seen the country record relatively high numbers.
On Wednesday, Nigeria recorded 790 cases of COVID-19, the country’s highest daily number in the past six months.
According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) update, the country last saw a higher daily count on January 18, the height of the second wave of the disease.
Nigeria recorded 877 cases that day.
Nigeria has so far recorded over 179,000 infections with a death toll of 2,195.
Since the discovery of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the disease, Nigeria has seen a steady increase in infections, with the country’s number of active cases currently standing at 11,500.
Health experts and authorities have warned Nigerians to take preventive measures against the disease to prevent it from spreading further.
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