COVID-19: Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities

Elias Hubbard
March 30, 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the Minister Of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu at the State House.

Nigeria now tests for COVID-19 at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease at Redeemers' University, Ede, Osun State; NCDC National Reference Laboratory (NRL), Gaduwa, Abuja; Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos; Nigeria Institute for Medical Research, Lagos; Irrua Teaching Hospital, Edo State; and the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

NCDC in a tweet late Saturday night said: "We have expanded the number of laboratories with the capacity to test for COVID-19 to six with the inclusion of the Virology Laboratory of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan". He said the restriction would also apply to Ogun State, which neighbours Lagos.

"Travel to or from other states should be postponed".

"All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes" starting from 2200 GMT on Monday, Buhari announced in a televised address to the nation.

The training will also include medical representatives from the armed forces, paramilitary and security and intelligence agencies. "All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period". We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.

He however noted that seaports in Lagos "shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier". He instructed that all business activities in the areas should be restricted.

Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. And this will be paid immediately. You are true heroes.

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