Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the “cessation of all movements” for two weeks in three major states – Lagos, Ogun and capital Abuja to stop the spread of coronavirus. He issued the order during a televised broadcast on Sunday.
“All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes” starting from 11pm on Monday, Buhari announced.
“Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.”
Buhari said the restrictions did not include hospitals, food shops and petrol stations.
“Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored,” he said.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has so far registered just 111 confirmed infections and one death from COVID-19, but testing has been limited.
Authorities in Lagos, a sprawling megacity of 20 million people, had already closed schools, shut non-food shops and restricted gatherings to limit movement to curb coronavirus.
Enforcing a total lockdown will be a mammoth challenge for the authorities in a country where millions of people rely on their daily earnings to survive.
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