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Buhari to address citizenry at 8pm, extension of COVID-19 lockdown to be clarified

President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians on Monday, April 27, by 8 pm regarding plans by his administration over tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was disclosed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

1st News had reported that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 met with President Buhari and offered him input on what would inform his decision on whether to reopen the economy or continue with the lockdown.

It is being expected that a partial relaxation of some businesses might be on the card but with strings of conditions attached; one of which will be the compulsory use of face mask and temperature reading in public places.

This pronouncement was also made public by the Personal Assistant on New Media to President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bashir Ahmad on Twitter.

He tweeted; “FLASH: President will address the nation later today, at 8:00 pm. Television, radio, and other electronic media stations are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the NTA and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast.”

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has commended Nigerians for reaching out; to solve the shortage of the Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction kits.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of NCDC, made his feelings known on Monday, April 27; on his verified twitter handle.

The NCDC DG had tweeted, ”We’re desperately looking for more RNA extraction kits as we expand #COVID19 testing.

”Product: Total viral RNA extraction kits (preferably spin column and with a lysis buffer). Manufacturers: Qiagen, ThermoFischer, SeeGene, Inqaba, LifeRiver etc.”

RNA a polymeric molecule essential in various biological roles in coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes.

Meanwhile, in a follow-up tweet, Ihekweazu said, ”Very grateful to everyone who reached out to solve this challenge with us. Our support to each other, even when done quietly, will enable us to pull through.

“One day, we will tell the story of this response in full. For now, we keep pushing”.

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