The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said the lockdown imposed on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Ogun states reduced the cases of coronavirus in the country.
Speaking on a live Programme on Channels Television, the National Coordinator in the fight against COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, argued that the number of confirmed cases would have been significantly higher without the lockdown order.
Aliyu insisted that the it was important for people to observe the lockdown for as long as it is in effect.
“Some of the modeling studies we have done show that if we hadn’t put through the lockdown, we probably would have had much higher numbers.
“Certainly, if you look at Europe and North America, the numbers doubles every three to four days and this is not what is happening in Nigeria.
“So, to a certain extent, we are doing something right in this country. The numbers remain relatively low compared to the trend in other countries.”
…Says No Reopening of Schools Yet
The federal government through the Ministry of Education has urged Nigerians to disregard some false news flying around that it had directed the reopening of schools.
The ministry’s Director of Press, Mr. Ben Goong, clarified yesterday that there was no such directive from the minister, Malam Adamu Adamu, adding that everyone had been instructed to work from home due to the pandemic.
Goong urged parents, guardians and stakeholders not to be misled by fake news but should continue to abide by the federal government’s regulations to tackle the ravaging pandemic.