The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 has expressed concern that a second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria can destroy the economy and lead to too many deaths.
National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who gave the warning in Abuja on Monday urged businesses that are reopening to practice COVID-19-sensitive business precautionary measures.
Aliyu noted that data analysis had shown that a large population of Nigerians was living in denial of the virulent nature of COVID-19, warning that it would be dangerous to be fooled into complacency.
The coordinator however assured that the PTF would continue to provide data-driven and scientific advisories to help the country.
He urged Nigerians to desist from drawing conclusions that the COVID-19 curve of the country had started to gradually wane, based on the decline in cases in the last few days.
Aliyu explained that the decrease in the number of cases recorded were the result of reduction in the numbers of COVID-19 samples collected across the country, especially during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration
He said “We eventually have to reopen, but we can only do so if we reopen safely. It is quite clear, as we can see from the other parts of the world, that certain countries are now going back into lockdown because of the pandemic coming back, otherwise called recrudescence or what we call a second wave.
“We really cannot afford to have this happening in this country. It will destroy our economy and it will lead to a lot of deaths. Therefore, we have to reopen safely. We cannot risk another shutdown nor can we risk more lives being lost,”