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Lockdown ease: Nigeria may experience US, Italy situation – Doctors

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Doctors raise alarm over increasing COVID-19 cases in Kano, northern states

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) has cautioned Nigerians on the partial lifting of lockdown directives by the Federal Government.

Dr. Lanre Olosunde, the Chairman of the ARD, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), gave the advice on Sunday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.

Olosunde lamented that the partial lifting of the lockdown was not the best choice at the moment.

DAILY POST reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had announced the gradual phasing out of the country’s lockdown in the FCT-Abuja, Ogun and Lagos States from May 4.

The president ordered a gradual easing of the lockdown order while putting additional measures in place to address the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

However, the ARD chairman said: “I think it is not the best choice at this time when we see the evidence of active community spread of COVID-19.

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“This is coupled with the fact that our testing capabilities are still far below what is required.

“I sincerely pray we won’t get to the number of deaths recorded in Italy or that of the United States.

“Everyone should also be prepared for another round of possible lockdown if cases continue to increase exponentially.”

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