The Kaduna state government has warned that if the rate of Covid-19 infections continues or exceeds the current pace, it will impose another lockdown.
It said that public spaces, including schools, markets, offices and places of worship may be temporarily closed if people fail to observe Covid-19 preventive protocols.
Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, the Commissioner of Health, ho gave this warning. She said.
“In absolute and relative terms, Kaduna State is now recording high infection figures reminiscent of the first wave of Covid-19 spread in April, May and June 2020.
“The lowering of the infection rate following the first wave encouraged the government to approve the recommendation of the State Covid-19 Task Force for a significant reopening of the state.’’
“However, we are saddened to report that the conditions that compelled the 75 day lockdown of the state are now being replicated.”
Dr Baloni revealed that 74 positive results were recorded in the state from 531 samples on November 26, adding that “the quantum of infections since then suggest both high infection rates and the reality of that a new wave of infections is spreading across the state.”
“As at Friday 11th December, the state recorded 117 positive cases from 518 samples. This translates to almost one in four samples testing positive,” she said, adding that government had “expected some increase in infections after the reopening of schools, markets, places of worship and recreational centres.”
“But the figures easily outstrip our estimates. While infections cut across age groups, this new wave especially affects those aged between 10 and 35 (55%).”
“If the spread continues at the current rate, it may challenge and overwhelm the health system despite our efforts to improve the resilience of that sector.”