Rising COVID-19 cases: Groups Warn fresh Lockdown, alert Nigerians over safety

Written by on August 3, 2021

Some stakeholders in the economic sector on Monday strongly advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols to reduce the rising corona virus cases in the country.

 

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in separate interviews with newsmen, expressed fear that another lockdown would negatively affect the economy.

 

The groups said this as the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 said it would take tough actions to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

 

The committee also disclosed that the country had entered the third wave of COVID-19.

 

Recall that in 2020, Nigeria imposed lockdown twice to stem the rising cases of the virus. The lockdown was, however, lifted when the infection went down towards the end of the year.

 

But the country has witnessed a rapid increase in cases since the beginning of last month.

 

On Thursday July 29 2021,  Journalists  reported that no fewer than 1,276 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Nigeria between May 27 and June 27.

 

But between June 27 and July 27; 4,261 cases were recorded, representing an increase of 2,985 (233.93%) over 1,276 cases recorded between May 27 and June 27.

 

The Chief Executive Officer of the NESG, Laoye Jaiyeola, in an interview with newsmen, said the country could not afford another lockdown.

 

According to him, Nigerians need to understand that they are on their own because COVID-19 vaccines are scarce.

 

He stated, “The country cannot afford another lockdown. It will shrink government revenues, affect the private sector and the common citizen. The Delta variant is dangerous and has led to so many deaths. We need to be serious with wearing masks and complying with social distancing guidelines.

 

“The government needs to be proactive with setting up our manufacturing capacity for the vaccines. We should be able to pull resources together to produce our own and distribute them effectively.”

 

On her part, the LCCI Director General, Dr Chinyere Almona, said any lockdown would inhibit the growth projections for the country.

 

She stated, “With the level of worsening insecurity, scarce foreign exchange, and falling foreign direct investment inflows, a third wave of COVID-19 pandemic that may lead to any form of lockdown will be inhibitive to the growth projections for Nigeria.

 

The groups gave the warning as the Federal Government took delivery of the four million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States on Monday.



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