“If we don’t want days with 50,000 new infections, as was the case in France a few weeks ago, we must see through this and not constantly speculate about which measures can be relaxed again.”
Those were the words of Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier as he warned that the European economic giant is clearly “not out of the woods” following a worrying recent spike in Covid-19 infections.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases, the number of confirmed cases in Germany rose by 16,947 to 790,503 on Sunday.
But the constant speculation on locking down is taking its toll on many citizens as they long for the kind of normality they used to have before.
There have been fierce protests on the streets. But for Minister Altmaier and many German policy makers, longer lockdowns might be the bitter pill Germans need to swallow if their economy and society is to return to normal.
To BBNaija obaervers, Kiddwaya is playing the role of godfather. Today, BBNaija watchers say he seemed to be giving Erica signal on who to choose for Deputy Head of House and visitor.
Erica was later spotted consulting Kiddwaya on drink sharing formula of the Head of House Lounge. Kiddwaya plays the game like a boss, but it’s a high risk game he and Erica are paying.
We are watching.
Private school teachers in Lagos State, Nigeria have been off work since March this year.
This was the month the state government proactively closed down schools to control the spread of coronavirus.
As a result of the timely closure, we didn’t hear horror stories of students coming home from school with the dreaded virus.
But the State Government should also have made sure that owners and teachers of private schools have palliatives.
Government-owned school teachers have been paid salaries every month. But private school teachers have been left at home with no payment. Normally, they depend on school fees.
Even when private school teachers attempted to start third term through innovative online teaching, the Lagos State Government barred them from doing so.
They said allowing private schools to go ahead with third term while Government-owned schools remain closed wouldn’t be fair.
Observers suspect another reason for this was that the Government had no plans to set up online schooling for government-owned schools.
The bottom-line of what we are saying is that government should provide palliatives for private school teachers and owners so they can take care of their families. This should last until schools reopen.
For governments and the governed, this is a season where lockdowns can happen at any time. Because if done well, lockdowns can kill off coronavirus.
But if not handled well, lockdowns can lead to potentially life-threatening situations. Take the situation in the video below:
The video shows a man reportedly carrying his very very sick wife to hospital. There was no public transport, so he had to trek, carrying her.
Until a good Samaritan took pity on them… The thing is, if government wants to lockdown, they should also make sure that there are enough ambulances for pregnant women, and people that suffer other ailments that are not coronavirus like accident victims and people who suffer heart attacks.
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Government should be mindful of this. If you tell public transport services not to operate, then make sure there are a significant amount of ambulances for emergency responce.
A situation where the police are forced to become ambulances as recently seen should be avoided if possible so they can so they can do their own critical job.
Senator Dino Melaye shared a video of how he tried to stop some hawkers selling goods during the lockdown.
But on asking them why they didn’t stay back home, one of them told him that she would have stayed home but for the hunger. The hawker sayed that while she can bear the hunger, her children cannot.
On further questioning, she revealed that she had 6 children. After hearing this, Dino was forced to count money and give each of them.
This life is not easy for many many Nigerians. If these people had gotten adequate lockdown relief either in form of significant ‘stay home’ money (like N50k initially) in their BVN-identified bank account or in form of adequate food supplies, many would have stayed home so that coronavirus can expire. The whole thing was captured on video. Video loading…