State governments on Sunday renewed COVID-19 protocol enforcement as the country battled increasing cases of coronavirus

State governments on Sunday renewed COVID-19 protocol enforcement as the country battled increasing cases of coronavirus.
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Officials of states including Lagos, Anambra, Ogun and  Kaduna on Sunday told The PUNCH that as from Monday (today), they would step up enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures such as wearing of face masks, social distancing in vehicles and hand washing.
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Recall that following the persistent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country in April, the Federal Government introduced phase one lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory from April 27 to May 4.
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The country also went through phase two from May 5 to June 29 and phase three from June 30 to July 27.
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During the period, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and state governments banned gatherings in worship places and stopped inter-state travels.
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Since July, many Nigerians have abandoned non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as wearing of face masks and social distancing.
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These have triggered the second wave of the virus, which the PTF announced on Thursday.
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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, no fewer than 77,933 cases had been recorded in the country as of Saturday. Also, 1,218 deaths had been recorded during the period.

The PUNCH had on Friday reported that  5,809 cases were recorded in the country between December 7 and 16, 2020.
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Following the task force’s announcement, state governments have taken steps to stop a further spike in COVID-19.
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Lagos begins  enforcement today, says it can’t afford another lockdown
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The Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso,  in an interview with The PUNCH, on Sunday said the state safety commission as from Monday (today) would enforce the strict compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
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He stated, “We are stepping up advocacy on radio and television stations so that people can know that the second wave we are talking about is upon us. We are not planning to shut down the economy, because we can’t afford another lockdown.
State governments on Sunday renewed COVID-19 protocol enforcement as the country battled increasing cases of coronavirus.
.
Officials of states including Lagos, Anambra, Ogun and Kaduna on Sunday told The PUNCH that as from Monday (today), they would step up enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures such as wearing of face masks, social distancing in vehicles and hand washing.
.
Recall that following the persistent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country in April, the Federal Government introduced phase one lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory from April 27 to May 4.
.
The country also went through phase two from May 5 to June 29 and phase three from June 30 to July 27.
.
During the period, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and state governments banned gatherings in worship places and stopped inter-state travels.
.
Since July, many Nigerians have abandoned non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as wearing of face masks and social distancing.
.
These have triggered the second wave of the virus, which the PTF announced on Thursday.
.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, no fewer than 77,933 cases had been recorded in the country as of Saturday. Also, 1,218 deaths had been recorded during the period.

The PUNCH had on Friday reported that 5,809 cases were recorded in the country between December 7 and 16, 2020.
.
Following the task force’s announcement, state governments have taken steps to stop a further spike in COVID-19.
.
Lagos begins enforcement today, says it can’t afford another lockdown
.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in an interview with The PUNCH, on Sunday said the state safety commission as from Monday (today) would enforce the strict compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
.
He stated, “We are stepping up advocacy on radio and television stations so that people can know that the second wave we are talking about is upon us. We are not planning to shut down the economy, because we can’t afford another lockdown.

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