The director-general, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has stated that Nigerians life won’t return to previous routine after COVID-19.
This was made known by Dr Ihekweazu on a radio program in Lagos on Monday, April 20.
Also, he added that a reciprocate of the pre-COVID manners after the current restrictions could lead to a revival of the viral outbreak.
He cautioned school owners and business owners on the need to follow the social distance protocol after this restrictions.
“If I were any small or big business or anything that involves interaction, I will be carefully thinking about my business model and how to adjust them to some extent.
“If I were managing a school, I will think about my break period. Do I really want to have one break period where I unleash the entire school population onto the playground? Or do I want to have a standard break period where you allow a few people out at hourly interval?
“If I were running a restaurant that has a capacity for 100, I will be thinking of how to sustain that restaurant on 40 people to enable some social distancing. These are some of the processes we all need to think about in order to reopen and go back to normal
When quizzed on reactions to the extended lockdown in some part of the nation, Dr Ihekweazu made know that the NCDC would do all possible over the next 10 days to supress the infection.
In his words:
“We will work extremely hard over the next 10 days to make the best use of the opportunity which is probably the last window of opportunity we have to make some progress with the response.
“We are completely aware of the hard times that Nigerians are going through and we want to make sure we make progress with the response to make sure that slowly, in a calibrated way, we open up some parts of the economy to start working,”.