Nigeria On Lockdown Over Coronavirus

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 - also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 - isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like.
18 March 2020

Barely two hours after the Federal Government imposed a travel ban on 13 high-risk coronavirus infested countries, the House of Representatives has also mandated it to ban open worship and other public gatherings till further notice.

The House also directed the airport authorities across the country to put in place mechanisms to discourage crowd gatherings.

It also took a decision mandating a compulsory laboratory tests on all staff and members of the national assembly to ascertain their status.

It also banned visitors from accessing the national assembly complex while urging the government to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the Singaporean government to produce testing kits for Nigeria.

It also added that all public institutions in Nigeria should be equipped with temperature gauge.

It also called for one day national prayers and mandated the Minister of Health to brief the House leadership on the situation on weekly basis.

It will be recalled that the ravaging coronavirus had been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, WHO, leaving most advanced countries of the world to scamper for solutions to contain the virus.

Nigeria as at today had recorded 8 cases but with no death.

The House reached the resolutions on the heels of a motion debated for over an hour under "Matters of Urgent Public Importance" at Wednesday plenary.

Details coming

More From: Vanguard

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.