CORONAVIRUS: President Buhari locks down Lagos, Ogun, Abuja as Nigeria cases hit 111


President Muhammadu  Buhari has ordered lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states to check the spread of COVID-19.

The President announced this during a nationwide broadcast on Sunday.

According to him, the lockdown, which would begin at 11pm on Monday, would be for an initial period of 14 days.

He said during the lockdown residents of the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states should stay at home.

In his words, President Buhari said “all citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.

“The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.

“We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.

The President however exempted hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.

Among those that were also exempted include food processing, distribution and retail companies, petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies and private security companies.

The President added that workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.

President Buhari however noted that all seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control have confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus disease in the country as the total number of confirmed cases hit 111.

A breakdown of this figure shows that Lagos which has become an epicentre of this disease added 9 new cases while Abuja added 5 new cases on Sunday.


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