COVID 19: Buhari Throws The Economy Partially Open As The WHO Says The Pandemic Is Not Even Close To Being Over

By Stephen Ubanna

Aware that the re is no medical solution in sight to the  Wuhan Town in Hebei Province of the Asian country of China, emerged, coronavirus, popular, COVID 19, which had ravaged over 214  member nations of the United Nations, UN,  President Muhammadu Buhari, at the instance of Boss Mustapha, Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID 19, and Secretary to the government of the Federation has moved to open up  the country’s economy in the third phase of the lockdown from, July1,2020.

The presidential decision came to many as a surprise . This is because the news making the rounds , particular, in Lagos state , was  that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the  state governor would address the state to formally extend the lockdown   because  of the rising cases of the pandemic. Many people were said to have remained  glued to their Television –set between  7.00 PM and 9.00 PM, on Monday, June 29,2020, but were disappointed . instead of Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor coming out to address the zt\te, it was Mustapha, the Chairman , of the Presidential Task Force, on COVID 19, who was said to have  come out to read  the approved prepared  script  by the  the Katsina state born Nigerian President on the next step to the Lockdown.

Not many people had  expected anything good  to come out from the Pesidency because of the rising cases of the COVID 19, particular, in Lagos, the nation’s Commercial nerve center.Mustapha, described in political circles as the  alternate President, may have shocked Nigerians when he disclosed that the President  has given approval for opening of inter-state travels across the country from July 1, 2020. He may have dampened the enthusiasm of travellers when he disclosed that such trip must be conducted within the hours of curfew in the country, which had been extended to 10.00PM.

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The government was said to have also   approved  domestic resumption of flights to compliment vehicular movemenst’ as soon as soon practicable’.  The good news which family  members had looked forward to getting  from the Presidency  over  the last two months  was when the  Primary, secondary and tertiary Institutions which had been under lock and key in order, to curb the spread of the dangerous would be re-opened .

An elated Mustapha had  may have proved bookmakers right when he confirmed the Presidential decisof the reopening of the closed schools across the country. The decision  may have truncated plans  by some state governors to throw the doors of the schools including tertiary Institutions in their respective states open. Recall, that Seyi Makinde, governor of the south west state of Oyo, was one of those that had concluded arrangements for  resumption of schools in the state.

Medical experts believe that the government may have been encouraged to take the bold initiatives  of further throwing the economy  open  for business because of reports from the World Health Organisation, WHO, a health agency of the UN, that all efforts to find the drugs and vaccines for the treatment  of the disease has failed, an in indication, that the global economy  could not be  locked down for too long. The WHO, officials, were said to have  made it clear to those that cares to listen that the ‘pandemic is’ not even  close  to being  over’, as the number of afflicted patients had hit   10,426,070, since the outbreak of the disease on December 31,1919.

In spite of the fact that no drug or vaccine had been discovered  for the cure of the deadly disease, the WHO officials  had said that no fewer that 5,681,547, had been  healed  , leaving a 4,236,008 active cases across the world as at Tuesday, June 29, 2020. The agency was said to have also recorded over 500,000 deaths from the COVID  19 . There are fears in both official and unofficial circles that the blanket decision by the government to throw the schools  and inter-state  borders open to encourage  inter –state travels travels  may worsen the case in Nigeria. The industrialised nations of the North American country of the United States, the Asian countries of China, Korea and European countries of the United Kingdom, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain,  were said  to be doing everything within their powers to contain the pandemic , but that could be said of Nigeria, which do not have the resources to do so.

A day after, Mustapha, had announced  of government plans to allow inter-state travels  but within the hours of curfew  that had  had earlier been approved,  the number of infected patients in the country were said to have hit the over the 25,000 mark. Lagos, alone ,was said to have top the list with 166 cases and Oyo, Makinde’s home state, fueling speculations that it may worse in the months ahead if proper medical arrangement are not made to control the spread in the schools and other public places .

A day after, Mustapha, had announced  of government plans to allow inter-state travels  but within the hours of curfew  that had  had earlier been approved,  the number of infected patients in the country were said to have hit the over the 25,000 mark. Lagos, alone ,was said to have top the list with 166 cases and Oyo, Makinde’s home state 66, fueling speculations that it may worse in the months ahead if proper medical arrangement are not made to control the spread in the schools and other public places .

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