Nigeria's COVID-19 Cases Total 81 Source: NCDC

Nigeria confirms 81 Coronavirus cases, as pandemic spreads to South-East

•Enugu closes all markets March 31

•NCDC activates 4 new laboratories for testing
Isola Moses | Consumer Connect
As the pandemic spreads to other parts of the country, Nigeria now has 81 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, following confirmation of 11 fresh cases by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

ConsumerConnect gathered from the disease control agency’s Web site and verified Twitter handle that the disease has spread to South-Eastern part of the country as it affirmed two cases in Enugu State.

Lagos State, which has been described as the epicentre of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, has eight additional cases, totalling 52.

A case was recorded in Edo State.

It is recalled that earlier Friday, March 26, NCDC had reported the discovery of five new cases, with three in Abuja, FCT, and two in Oyo State.

No new case was reported in Lagos.

However, total16 new cases were confirmed in the state as of Friday night.

Enugu State Government has ordered the closure of all land borders, inter-state transportation, and markets in the state with effect from March 31, says agency report.

Prof. Simon Ortuanya, Secretary to the State Government, said in a statement in Enugu, Friday.

Enugu State Government, in the statement, ordered the closure of all markets in the state irrespective of the size till further notice with effect from 6p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

However, categories exempted from the shutdown include those dealing in food items, water, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.

Others exempted are basic items of domestic need who must comply with the standard protocol as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, including hand washing, use of sanitiser and social distancing.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also activated four new laboratories as part of efforts to expand its testing capabilities and ensure no COVID-19 case is left unconfirmed.

The statement, therefore, directed all local government chairmen to ensure strict compliance with the closure of markets within their respective local councils without prejudice to the exceptions.

The government appealed for understanding from residents of the state “at this difficult time as no sacrifice is too much to save the lives of the people.”

The statement directed security agencies and the state Medical Response Team to enforce all directives.

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