A Monarch has urged the Federal Government to extend the current lockdown in the country, because the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has continued to increase.
The chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri, Chairman, Imo State council of Traditional rulers, who made the call on Sunday in Abuja, said that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria was rising and getting near to the 10,000 mark.
Ohiri told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that an extension of the lockdown was necessary to avert a spike of coronavirus, especially in the rural communities.
As at Saturday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 9,855 cases of the COVID-19, 553 of which were recorded in the past 24 hours.
So far, 275 deaths have been recorded with 2,856 people discharged after recovering from the disease, according to the NCDC.
In a nationwide broadcast, on March 4, President Muhammadu Buhari announced a lockdown to check the spread of the virus and extended the lockdown on May 4.
Ohiri, the Chief Executive Officer of Hi-Tech Diagnostics Ltd., noted that the lockdown had isolated the coronavirus to only metropolitan areas.
He noted further that, “any plan to relax the lockdown at this time is not advisable because it will trigger community transmission from the metropolitan areas to rural areas.
“Nigeria at the moment has lost over 200 lives to COVID-19 and we cannot afford to lose more. So let government not relax the lockdown for now.”
The monarch also lauded the Federal Government’s efforts so far in containing the virus, urging state governments to sustain the restriction on inter-state movements.
According to him, as soon the lockdown is lifted, inter-state movements will commence and community transmission will set in.
He pointed out that “Ghana recorded an unprecedented 60 per cent increase in COVID-19 infections after relaxing the lockdown.
“This disease is very deadly that even the survivors still suffer damage of one organ or the order, especially the lungs.”
The monarch emphasised the imperative of collective responsibility in the fight against the virus, saying that total adherence to safety measures was key to reducing spread.