President Muhammadu Buhari today extended COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria by a further 14- Days.
In an address to the Nation, Buhari disclosed that while the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally was over one million, eight hundred and fifty thousand as at yesterday, This morning, Nigeria had 323 confirmed cases in twenty States.
” With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another fourteen days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020.I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight.
“Unfortunately we now have ten fatalities. Lagos State remains the epic center and accounts for 54% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria. When combined with the FCT, the two locations represent over 71% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria,” he said.
He commended the level of compliance to the COVID-19 lockdown by the citizens , saying “I wish to thank you all most sincerely for the great sacrifice you are making for each other at this critical time.
However, such sacrifices are needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our country. They were necessary to save lives.
“Our objective was, and still remains, to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and to provide space, time and resources for an aggressive and collective action.
“Today, the cessation of movement, physical distancing measures and the prohibition of mass gatherings remain the most efficient and effective way of reducing the transmission of the virus.By sustaining these measures, combined with extensive testing and contact tracing, we can take control and limit the spread of the disease.”