Eighteen Local Government Areas considered to account for 60 per cent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria may be locked down in the next phase of eased lockdown in the country, Federal Government has said.
Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, gave this hinted while speaking with State House correspondents after leading some members of the task force to brief President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.
Mustapha said affected state governments would implement what he called “precision lockdown.”
He said although the country had yet to reach its peak as far as confirmed cases were concerned, all stakeholders should ensure compliance with all non-pharmaceutical interventions.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, gave an insight into the reason behind the low fatality rate in Nigeria.
He said 80 per cent of the infections are in the age bracket of 31 to 40 years, which he described as a very active part of the population.
According to data earlier released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, 11 out of the 20 local government areas that account for 60 per cent of the cases are in Lagos State.
The report listed the councils to include Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, Abuja Municipal Area Council, Mushin Local Government Area, Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos and Tarauni Local Government Area in Kano State.