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COVID-19: Nigeria nears total lockdown as SA announces 21-day lockdown

...Lagos, Kaduna, Kogi, Ogun, kwara, Osun, Ondo, Rivers send workers home

...Niger imposes curfew

Troops likely for enforcement as govt goes tough

...Land borders shut – FEC, Council of State meetings put off

...Bauchi governor goes into isolation

...Buhari to Abuja, Lagos residents: stay indoors

Due to the spreading of the deadly virus, named COVID- 19, Nigeria on Monday inched closer to total shutdown, just as the neighborhood country, South Africa, has announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown, Voiceairmedia reports.





VAM gathered that more states adopted stricter measures to combat the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.





Many states on Monday joined Lagos and Kwara states in sending Civil Servants on compulsory holidays to reduce social contacts and prevent the escalation of cases.





The number of cases rose to 40 on Monday night. The first death from the virus was also announced of a 67-year-old in Abuja, who recently returned home after undergoing treatment in the United Kingdom.







The Federal Government closed the land borders for four weeks.





It suspended the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the highest decision making organ of the Executive, “until further notice”.





A meeting of the Council of State slated for Thursday was put off.





 Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha who announced the measures, added that “All Abuja and Lagos residents are strongly advised to stay at home, avoid mass congregation of any kind as well as non-essential outings, until further advice is given”.





He also reiterated some advisories that had earlier been passed on to the public, urging particularly that the public should be responsible by obeying the advisories and disclose cases discovered to appropriate quarters.





“The strategy of government is to focus on testing, detection and containment through contact tracking in order to minimize hugely, the possibility of community spread.





“We urge anyone experiencing the symptoms of the virus or has been in contact with anyone who has been suspected or tested positive to please report at the nearest medical facility or the designated center.





“The Presidential Task Force (PTF) continues to monitor the global and domestic developments and has isolated Lagos and Abuja for particular attention in view of their population, mobility and number of cases already reported.





Mustapha said the new measures were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, on the recommendation of the task force.





Federal civil servants on grade level 12 and below were on Monday told to stay at home as the Federal Government introduced new measures to curtail Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) spread.





In a statement by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) Dr. Folashad Esan, the Federal Government urged Nigerians to strictly follow the directive.

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