Nigeria governors agree on two-week national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus

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In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, the 36 state governors in the country have agreed on a two-week Inter-State lockdown.

This decision was taken during a meeting of the governors on Wednesday, a day after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed 117 new coronavirus cases in the country with total infections rising to 782.

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State said the national lockdown became necessary due to the continued rise in the numbers of coronavirus cases in the country.

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“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 reads.

He also stated that the governors also resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level to be headed by health commissioners.

“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.”

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

The governors also expressed concern over rising cases of coronavirus infections among health workers.

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