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CORONIVIRUS IN NIGERIA – BUHARI ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO CONTAIN PANDEMIC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered a Situation Report on the CORONAVIRUS pandemic as it affects Nigeria with the unfolding of some palliatives to cushion the effect of the global crises. In a broadcast, Buhari encouraged Nigerians to cooperate with the government in its efforts to contain the health crises. He stated that: ‘’In Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, there is no such thing as an overreaction or an under-reaction. It is all about the right reaction by the right agencies and trained experts’’ Therefore, says the President, ‘’Government will continue to rely on the guidance of our medical professionals and experts at the Ministry of Health, NCDC and other relevant agencies through this difficult time.’’ HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BROADCAST 97 cases recorded so far in Nigeria with Lagos and Abuja as epicenters Movements in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, Federal Capital Territory to cease for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. Those on essential services excluded Palliatives for some sub-sectors of the economy Strategies for implementation of programmes have been tailored to reflect Nigeria’s local realities through a two-step approach. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here; and Second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind. Healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies have been introduced and there will be modifications continue so as the situation unfolds. Hardships justified by the fact that the challenges have to be tackled as matters of life and death. Mr. President’s speech is reproduced below Fellow Nigerians, From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis.  Nigeria, unfortunately, confirmed its first case on 27th February 2020. Since then, we have seen the number of confirmed cases rise slowly.  By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the total confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with…

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