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Buhari locks down Lagos, Ogun, Abuja, cases reach 111

BUHARI - Politics and News Blog in Nigeria

The President, Major-General Muhammadu  Buhari (retd.), on Sunday ordered lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states to check the spread of COVID-19.

Buhari, in a nationwide broadcast, said the lockdown, which would begin at 11pm on Monday, would be for an initial period of 14 days.

He said during the lockdown residents of the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states should stay at home.

The President said this just as COVID-19 cases in the country increased to 111 on Sunday and more prominent Nigerians tested positive for the disease.

Among those who tested positive were the  Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo; the Provost of the College of Medicine, Ibadan, Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa and the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service,  Muhammad Babandede.

Also tested positive was the  Deputy Provost of the College of Medicine, Ibadan,  Obafunke Denloye.

Since Nigeria recorded its first coronavirus case on February 27, the number of people infected by the disease has been on the increase.

Prominent Nigerians that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 include the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, and his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai.

As of  Sunday night, no fewer than 111  people have been infected with the virus with 68 in Lagos State; the FCT, 21;  Oyo State; seven, and Ogun State; three. Enugu, Edo, Bauchi, and Osun states have two cases each, while Ekiti, Rivers, Benue and Kaduna states have one case each.

NCDC confirms 14 new cases, Nigeria now has 111

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