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Life Will Not Be The Same As We Knew It Before – NCDC Boss

NCDC Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.


Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu on Thursday advised Nigerians to expect a change in their usual way of life after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director-General believes various activities in the country will gradually return to the way they used to be.

Speaking during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he noted the lockdown has affected commercial activities in some places where the lockdown was being enforced.

He said, “Life will never be the same, it will not be the same and Nigerians have to prepare for a different type of life once the lockdown starts and that’s really my big message today; life will not be the same as we knew it before COVID-19 – a lot of changes that we have introduced into the society will have to continue in the short term.”

Dr Ihekweazu noted that states would have their share of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the NCDC was more prepared for it.

He added that the Nigerian government was making efforts to curb the further spread of the disease, although it has been a tough task.

“We have responded to Lassa smoothly and nobody shut down the country because it wasn’t necessary, the response was fairly efficient.

“Now, COVID-19 is on a much larger scale – at the moment in 22 states but it will grow to every state in Nigeria, there is no reason why it won’t – it is a respiratory virus.”

He also reacted to the differences in the figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases released by the NCDC and the numbers in some states, especially in Lagos and Kano

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