The federal government has called for more vigilance on the possible resurgence of the COVID – 19 pandemic as some states announce schools resumption, saying another lockdown might be possible if Nigerians failed to adhere strictly to the preventive measures put in place by the COVID – 19 task force .
The warning was given by the secretary to the government of the federation and chairman , Presidential Task Force ( PTF ) on COVID – 19, Boss Mustapha said this on Monday , at the joint national briefing of the taskforce.
Mustapha noted that over the last one week, the scientific community have tried to explain some new manifestation of COVID – 19 spread , but lamented that the nation continues to observe a reversal of gains in the battle mostly in countries around Europe .
He said the World Health Organisation ( WHO ) has also expressed some concerns due to the fact that weekly cases have now exceeded those reported in March 2020 when the pandemic peaked in Europe .
According to him , Israel has re – introduced a three – week lockdown, the United Kingdom is considering another lock- down phase , Spain is enforcing a partial lockdown in Madrid , and France , amidst protests by its citizens apart from other stricter measures they introduced to contain the virus .
He said similar stories are coming from South Korea , Iran and the number of fatalities is approaching 200 , 000 in the USA.
The SGF warned that the call became more pertinent in view of the noticeably increasing disregard for basic non- pharmaceutical measures that have proven very successful.
He lamented that face masks have now been turned into chin masks, social distancing and gatherings are returning to the pre- COVID era .