The Federal Government on Friday warned that relaxing or suspending some measures put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic could result in unhealthy consequences.
The Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, gave the warning on Friday during the daily media briefing by the task force in Abuja, just as some state governments were easing the lockdown and restrictions in their territories.
Dr. Aliyi insisted that relaxing or suspending some measures put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly the restriction on movement and social distancing, at this time would backfire.
He said: “We have noted that some states have started lifting their bans or relaxing their containment protocols. This is really not the right time to do so because we still have an ongoing pandemic, which is global. It is also not the right time to do so because we could end up having real recrudescence of infections.’’
‘‘At this time, I’m appealing to our local communities, religious and traditional leaders as well as the states to continue to support and encourage the public to continue to support and maintain those protective measures that are important to getting on top of this infection.’’
The Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force called on all state governments and religious leaders to cooperate with the federal government in the on-going battle against the deadly virus.
He added: “There’s also a very strong need for state governments to work in harmony and align with the federal government in our efforts to deal with this pandemic. This pandemic is not just a Lagos or an Abuja situation; it’s a national issue. With regard to the Easter celebrations, we’ll like to remind the public that we are still on lockdown for Lagos, Ogun and the FCT.’’
“The evidence so far from literatures shows that cessation of movement or lockdown is still the safest physical distancing measure when it comes to controlling the COVID-19 infection. After all, this is an infection that is invisible; a very social virus. It requires close interaction with each other. So if we can maintain that distancing, we might be able to fight it more effectively.”
Some state governments had recently ordered the temporary suspension of the lockdown orders in their various states for religious reasons, particularly for the celebration of the Easter holidays and the observance of the Friday Jumat service.