The Lagos and Osun state governments are contemplating fresh lockdowns following increasing COVID-19 cases in the states.
Fresh 684 COVID-19 cases were recorded in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory on Friday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, bringing the total number to 23,298.
While 8,253 discharged patients have reportedly recovered, 554 deaths have been recorded.
Lagos, Oyo, and Katsina states had the highest number of cases at 259, 76 and 69, respectively. Delta, Rivers had 46; Ogun, 23; Edo, 22; Osun, 22; and Ebonyi, 21.
FCT had 20; Kaduna, 16; Ondo, 10; Imo, 9; and Abia, 9. Gombe had 5; Plateau, 4; Bauchi, 4; Ekiti, 2; and Anambra, 1.
Following the rising number of cases each day, the Lagos and Osun state governments said to be contemplating fresh lockdowns if residents fail to abide by recommended protocols such as social distancing and wearing of face masks in the public.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, said even though the state has been able to draw a balance between the public health crisis and ensuring livelihoods are not in jeopardy, the government would not hesitate to impose another lockdown if the situation does not improve.
“We believe we are managing a delicate balance between the public health crisis and the economic livelihood of Lagosians. If things are getting out of hand, we will certainly consider another lockdown,” he said.
The commissioner added that the State had yet to reach the peak, noting that cases would continue to rise in the next one or two months.
Abayomi said: “We are in the middle of the outbreak and we have not even peaked yet, and so the cases are still rising. We still expect to see a lot more cases in the next one month or two. I would use this platform to remind Lagosians that we have not yet peaked and Lagos is still going through the active community transmission of COVID-19.
“I think what may be giving you a false sense of security or confidence is that we say most people have mild to moderate disease. While that may be so, between three and five per cent of Lagosians that catch this infection have an extremely severe to critical form of COVID-19 and the risk of dying in that percentage is extremely high.
“Two to five per cent may seem like a small percentage, but even one per cent of 25 million people is a lot of Lagosians. We are not prepared to lose 250,000 Lagosians and we certainly will not even like to contemplate that number.
“So I appeal to Lagosians, particularly people who we believe are in the vulnerable category; anybody over the age of 50 or 55 with underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity or any other medical condition that interferes with their immune system, they are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.