It is the sixth day of the lockdown and many people, young and not too young, are on the streets jogging from street to street.
The lockdown is to prevent the further spread of the highly contagious Coronavirus but some Lagosians have refused to obey the lockdown. It seems like a harvest of joggers.
Since the Lockdown was declared by President Muhammadu Buhari after invoking the Quarantine Act, many Lagos residents complied with the executive order. Surprisingly a crop of people has started a new trend of Jogging between streets to keep fit. The number keeps rising daily.
Many residents believe Lagos will not survive beyond a 2-week lockdown since more than 50% of people in the commercial city depend on a daily income to feed.
But why should people be jogging freely despite a subsisting Coronavirus Lockdown? The answer to this may lie in the belief that the virus principally affects the rich and elites in the society even though this assertion has been disproved.
As of the 4th of April 2020, Nigeria has four recorded deaths. This may be another impetus that makes many Nigerians especially Lagosians doubt the very existence of the virus even as over 10,000 deaths have been recorded in one country alone.
So while many more Lagosians flout the lockdown order to keep fit, the government may not simply be able to ensure a 100% sit-at-home lockdown for many reasons, one of which is poverty in the land.
Yet a dispassionate look at this new jogging trend reveals that many of the people of the defaulters are not the poorest. In fact, many of them are ‘middle class and upper class’ residents who are of the opinion that the virus does not ‘affect’ black man or who may be overtly religious. This is one instance where religion may be our undoing.
It is logical to say that for Nigeria to win this war with the COVID-19 Virus, Lagos must get it right. If Lagos, a city of over 25 million residents, falls to the virus then it is nearly almost certain Nigeria will fall.
Every Lagos resident must consciously make an effort to sit at home. If you must step out, then it has to be on essential assignment. If you move in public, then do not touch your face. Also, remember to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20seconds.
Maintaining adequate social distancing and using a cloth face mask when in the public will also help everyone else. Postpone all manner of public exercise including jogging, playing football, etc.
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Lagosians please be wise!!!