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COVID-19: FG considers locking down Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Others

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The Federal Government, on Thursday, said the option of locking down some states in Nigeria to halt the spread of Covid-19 is still on the table.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the National Incident Manager of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, said the cities being considered for another lockdown are Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna, among others.

“Certainly, even if we are going to have a lockdown, it is not going to be a total lockdown. A couple of weeks back, we analysed the data and we identified the hotspot local government areas,” Muhammad said.

“Mostly, the areas affected are the urban local governments in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Plateau. Even in most other states, it is the urban areas that are involved. So, if we are going to have any restrictions, it will be in these areas.

“The urban areas are the most affected and that is why we have these super-spreaders and that is where we are going to target. We have analysed that and we are advising the states based on the data that these are the focused areas where these transmissions are more than the others.”

Nigeria has recorded over 127,000 infections, out of which over 100,000 cases have recovered.

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