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TPR OPINION: How long will Nigeria’s COVID-19 lockdown last?



President Buhari made the call, and took full responsibility for it: Non-essential workers across the state are to stay home, and all of us are to avoid all outdoor group activities.

It’s a decisive response to the drastic rise in local coronavirus cases, a bid to minimize transmission so as to keep hospitals and the rest of the health care system from being overwhelmed.

The Popcorn Room needs the masses opinion But how long will it last? Can we find some strategy other than so drastic a limit on New Nigerians’ liberties?

We appreciate Awka Ibom Govt’s refusal to call it “shelter in place,” something he’s been pooh-poohing for days now, but this amounts to nearly the same thing — it’s OK to leave the house for exercise, but don’t get caught playing basketball. (Is tennis OK?) Was it really just one day’s data on infections — a number boosted mainly by the ramp up in testing — that changed his mind, or was he finding it impossible?

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