The Lagos government has conducted a survey on Twitter, a microblogging platform, towards determining if the COVID-19 lockdown would be restored for the state.
Lagosians had recently resumed activities after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a gradual easing of the five weeks lockdown imposed to prevent the novel coronavirus spread in the commercial city.
But Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of the state, would later threaten to revert to full lockdown if there is no improvement in adherence to the public health guidelines like the physical distancing.
On Tuesday, the Lagos government took to its official Twitter handle to ask inhabitants of the state if they think another lockdown should be imposed based on the defiance of health measures.
“Considering the level of compliance with government’s directives on limiting the spread of Covid-19 in a Lagos State, should the State Government impose another lockdown or not?” it asked.
Tagging the governor and his deputy, the state’s ministry of health and commissioner for health, the survey included the options: ‘Lockdown’, ‘Don’t Lockdown’, and ‘Neutral’.
Considering the level of compliance with government's directives on limiting the spread of Covid-19 in a Lagos State, should the State Government impose another lockdown or not? @jidesanwoolu @JokeSanwoolu @drobafemihamzat @ProfAkinAbayomi @LSMOH @gboyegaakosile @Mr_JAGss
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) May 12, 2020
The survey, which is expected to end on Friday, sees 50 percent of Lagosians requesting for ‘Lockdown’ while 40 percent would go for the ‘Dont Lockdown’, as of the time this report was filed.
With Lagos being the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, the country has so far reported 4,961 confirmed cases of the disease alongside 164 deaths and 1,070 recoveries.
“Despite massive advocacy, it is disappointing to see the crowd at banks & markets across the state flouting the guidelines,” Sanwo-Olu had stated in a tweet.
“We will be forced to take the painful decision of bringing the state under lockdown if it remains clear that Lagosians are determined to flout the rules.
“We will not hesitate to review the terms of easing the lockdown if we do not see an improvement in the adherence to our public health guidelines over the next couple of days.”
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