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COVID-19: Extension of Lockdown Imminent as Govs Ban Interstate Movement

President Muhammadu Buhari’s lockdown order in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States may be extended after the governors of the 36 states in the country agreed to ban interstate movement.

The President had last week extended the restriction of movement pronouncement he made on March 29, 2020, following the surge in the number of confirmed cases for COVID-19 in the country.

The President had urged Nigerians in the nationwide broadcast to continue to comply with the restriction directive till further notice.

Although some states also adopted the Federal Government’s idea on restriction of movement, the 36 states governors agreed that banning interstate movement would also go a long way in curbing the spread of the virus in the country.

A statement issued by the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi noted only people on essential services will be allowed to travel from one State to the other.

“Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an interstate lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus from state to state,” the Nigeria Governors’ Forum said in a statement issued late on Wednesday.

“Only essential services will be permitted, the statement added without providing further detail.

Nigeria has reported 873 confirmed coronavirus cases and 28 deaths from the virus.