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Coronavirus: Governors announce 14-day nationwide lockdown over pandemic

Governors of the 36 States of Nigeria on Wednesday, April 22; “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of a 14 days nationwide lockdown in the country to mitigate the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

The governors reach the agreement after receiving a briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo, and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against the coronavirus.

Coronavirus has spread to 25 states in Nigeria and the FCT.

As of April 23, Nigeria has recorded 91 new confirmed cases of coronavirus; with 28 deaths which bring the total number of infections to 873 in the country.

The press statement released by the Forum which consists of the 36 states governors states; “Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country; over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus from state to state. Only essential services will be permitted.”

The statement also noted: “In order to strengthen coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states; governors resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level, headed by their state Commissioners of Health.

“Regional committees will continue to interface with the State Task Force Committees on COVID-19 already established in each state.”

The forum also held a minute’s silence in honour of all Nigerians who have lost their lives from coronavirus; especially health workers who were in the front lines of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has temporarily relaxed the lockdown order for one-day to enable the residents of the state to restock food items and other essential commodities.

Reported that Ganduje, on April 14, ordered for the total lockdown of the state for 7-days; to stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna, made the disclosure on behalf of Ganduje in a maiden media briefing on Wednesday, April 22, in Kano.

He said the lockdown would be eased for 24 hours starting from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight on Thursday, April 23.

“The measure is to enable people to restock food items and other essential commodities.”‎

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