COVID-19 third wave: Lockdown not imminent – NEC

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The National Economic Council (NEC) has said that there was no indication of an imminent lockdown as Nigeria prepares for another wave of COVID-19.

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this during a briefing with newsmen after the virtual NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the vice president stated that he would call for an emergency meeting on COVID-19 when necessary.

“We will be reviewing on a weekly basis, like every two to three days, what the trends are; the chairman of the council has also mentioned to us that if there is a need for an emergency meeting, he will call one.

“But, assurances were given by the NCDC and the Presidential Task Force, working with relevant states like Lagos, to be tracking and monitoring what is happening almost on daily basis.

“So, we do not think that we are there; we do not have any indication that we will get there;  so we are preparing ourselves to ensure that as much as possible, we can very quickly flatten the curve.

“In the last two weeks, we have seen an increase from a positivity average of about 1.5 per cent to positivity average nationally of about 3.5 per cent; Lagos has seen a positivity of 5.5 per cent in the last two weeks; so Lagos, Rivers and Kwara from the report have seen increases in positivity rates.

“It is important for us to know that the Delta variant, which is the new variant, is also in our country and has also been identified in a total of 103 countries globally.

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“The Delta variant is 60 per cent more transmissible than the Alfa variant; so, we are watching all the trends and the NCDC and Lagos will be working collaboratively,’’ Sanwo-Olu said.

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