Did The Lockdown Lift Come Too Soon? (Opinion)

Did the lockdown lift come too soon? See three reasons why we think it did.

Titilayo Olurin

May 4th was not a typical Monday in Lagos. It was one which marked the beginning of the partial lockdown lift.

A number of people were eager to return to work or business, as they had grown rather restless from staying indoors for four weeks.

Face masks of different shapes and sizes - gloves, hand sanitizers, the whole nine yards, were purchased, and people were ready for the outside world, or so they thought.

What they did not realize was, there were many others who thought the same way. These ones were not even ready but came out anyway.

They headed for the banks, where they joined throngs of sweaty bodies jostling for the doors of the banking halls.

Some others, though, chose to stay home, deciding that it was best to see how things panned out before stepping out.

They could not take any chances, as they did not think the country was prepared for a lockdown lift. And we cannot help but agree with them.

See three reasons why.

1. The number of coronavirus cases will skyrocket

Except a miracle falls in our lap, the number of coronavirus cases in the country will skyrocket in the coming weeks. People are already going about their businesses, forgetting the reason for the lockdown or that there ever was one.

We should remember that the lockdown was extended because the number of coronavirus cases kept increasing. Yet, nothing has changed one week after the partial lift. If anything, it is worse now. The number of coronavirus cases stands at over 4,000 with over a hundred deaths.

2. There aren't adequate measures in place

The lockdown was not lifted because there were more measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus or because the virus had suddenly disappeared. It was lifted because keeping people at home was affecting the economy and the government had to do something about that.

So, if you think everything has returned to normal and go about your business like you used to, you might have another think coming.

3. Nigerians have a propensity for nonchalance

Our propensity for nonchalance is second to none, and we do not mean that in a bad way. Nigerians generally have a "if we quench, we quench" attitude, which might be our greatest undoing. We are unconcerned about the most important things and often make jokes of everything, even of something as serious as the pandemic. We have all the memes and jokes on Twitter to show for it.

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