The first confirmed case of Covid 19 in Nigeria was on the 27th of February 2020 and currently, there is a total of 24,567 confirmed cases in the country according to the update by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday 28th of June, 2020.
Lagos, the country's largest city, has a number of 10,144 confirmed cases, which is the highest in the country.
Gradual ease of the lockdown began in phases on June 1st in all the country and safety measures have been put in place in every sector in the country.
With the increasing number of confirmed cases, the question on every citizen’s mind is what’s next. Safety measures recommended by health workers have proven to be effective in containing the spread of the virus and what we all hope for now is a vaccine or a cure to the virus.
One of the most affected sectors of the Covid 19 pandemic is probably the education sector, especially for primary and secondary students. Schools have been temporarily closed down because of the vulnerability of schools and the need to keep children safe from Covid 19. Though measures have been put in place for online classes, but bearing in mind the inaccessibility of smartphones and PC for lots children in the masses would make us aware of the negative impact of the pandemic on our education sector.
The Covid 19 pandemic has also led to many jobs and business loss and the adverse effect of this is the increase in the unemployment rate, crime rate, and instability of the country’s economy.
We cannot ignore the obvious fact that the country can not continue this way. Therefore, a way forward is what we hope for. Our sincere appreciations go to every health professionals and staffs that have been at the forefront of the battle against Covid 19, and also to our leaders and every security officials for putting and enforcing every safety regulations needed to contain the spread.
We pray and hope for a permanent solution soonest for everything to return to normal but till then let us keep up with the safety rules and measures
Always wear an approved face mask
Wash your hands regularly
Do not put your hands in your mouth, eyes and nose
Maintain a few metres distance between you and any other person
Most importantly, Stay safe
At Bas Mall, we are concerned about the safety of everyone and we would continue to play our part towards the victory over Covid 19 in Nigeria.