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30 March 2020

Buhari locks down Lagos, Ogun, Abuja, cases reach 111

The President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday ordered lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states to check the spread of COVID-19.

Buhari, in a nationwide broadcast, said 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.

The President said this just as COVID-19 cases in the country increased to 111 on Sunday and more prominent Nigerians tested positive for the disease.

Since Nigeria recorded its first coronavirus case on February 27, the number of people infected by the disease has been on the increase.

Prominent Nigerians that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 include the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, and his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai.

As of Sunday night, no fewer than 111 people have been infected with the virus with 68 in Lagos State; the FCT, 21; Oyo State; seven, and Ogun State; three. Enugu, Edo, Bauchi, and Osun states have two cases each, while Ekiti, Rivers, Benue and Kaduna states have one case each.

The President said the majority of the cases in the country were concentrated in Lagos and the FCT or came from persons who passed through the two cities.

In the case of Ogun, he said its proximity to Lagos, necessitated that it should also be locked down to control movements.

He explained that the decision was taken based on the advice of the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, to enable the government to effectively contain further spread of the infection.

“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.”

During the period, he said all flights remained suspended, while any form of inter-state vehicular or seaport movements for the purpose of conveying foodstuffs and medical supplies would be done in strict compliance to safety regulations.

Workers of hospitals, electronic, print media, petroleum distribution, telecoms exempted

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