Fears of lockdown extension, as Buhari addresses Nigerians by 7pm

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Fears gripped residents of Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to address the country by 7pm today.

A source at the State House told TheFact that the President, most likely would speak on the extension of lockdown and how the Coronavirus relief package would be equitably distributed to deserving Nigerians.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement said, President Buhari
would broadcast to the nation (today) Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7pm.

“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast,” the statement said.

Recall, in the last broadcast, the President ordered a total lockdown of Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for 14 days.

Buhari who ordered restriction of movements within and outside the affected states and suspension of all commercial and social activities said, these measures would take effect from 11pm on Monday, March 30, 2020.

He said the period would be used to identify, trace and isolate all those who might have come in contact with the confirmed cases in order to halt further spread of the deadly virus code-named: COVID-19.

Nigeria confirmed its first case of Coronavirus on February 27, 2020 and the virus has been spreading steadily rising to 323 cases.

The country recorded five new cases of Coronavirus yesterday in Lagos, Kwara and Katsina states, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

NCDC said, the country had so far discharged 85 patients, but lost 10 patients to the virus.

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