The Lagos State Government has issued fresh restrictions as it scales up efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.
At a briefing on Tuesday, the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced that the previous restriction of 50 persons in any gathering has further been reduced to 25.
“Let us refrain from gatherings or congregations of any kind at all times and where it is absolutely necessary for people to gather, we’re changing that directive effective from Thursday, from 50 to 25,” the governor said.
According to him, the number of cases in Lagos had jumped from 19 on Sunday to 29 on Tuesday bring the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 42.
He, however, noted that the cases in Lagos are all in stable condition as they are being quarantined in the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba.
“All of our confirmed cases are at the infectious diseases hospital in Yaba and I am pleased to note that all of them are doing well and are in stable condition.
“We’ve identified other isolation centers across the five divisions meaning in Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu and Lagos Island.
“Infact, we are also preparing two locations in Gbagada and another one just by here at Onike, to ensure that we have a seamless coordinated approach to the quick identification and isolation of suspected cases without overwhelming what we have in Yaba,” the governor added.
Other measures being put in place include the shutting down of all markets and stalls except those selling food items, water, medicines, pharmacies, medical equipment and other related essential life-saving products.
The directive is to take effect from Thursday, March 26th, 2020 for seven days at the first instance.
[BREAKING] COVID-19: Nigeria records another eight new cases, toll now 97
The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Nigeria hit 97 on Saturday evening with eight fresh cases, says the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
“As at 10:40 pm 28th March there are 97 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death,” it stated.
COVID-19: Please, pray for my husband, El-Rufai’s wife begs Nigerians
Hadiza Isma, the wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has appealed to Nigerians to offer prayers for the quick recovery of her husband who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
She made the appeal a few minutes after her husband disclosed that he tested positive for the virus on Twitter.
THE WITNESS reports that El-Rufai had on Saturday announced that he had been infected with the virus but had no symptoms.
“Dear Tweeps, my husband, the Governor of Kaduna State has tested positive for COVID-19. Please keep us in your prayers,” she tweeted.
BREAKING: El-Rufai tests positive for coronavirus
The governor, in a live broadcast said he submitted a sample for the COVID-19 test and the result came in positive.
He stated he has been in isolation according to doctors’ order.
He said: “Earlier this week, I submited a sample for the COVID-19 test and the result came in this evening and I regret to say that it is positive.
“According to the protocols for managing COVID-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is no showing symptoms.
“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.
“It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.
“The Deputy Governor is chairing our COVID Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time,” he said
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