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Virus cases rise to 135 as Buhari signs COVID-19 Regulations

*NCDC records 4 new Coronavirus cases in Ogun, Osun and 2 deaths 

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced four new cases of Coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of cases in Nigeria to 135.

The NCDC, in its verified Twitter account, disclosed that the four cases are in Osun and Ogun states.

It stated that four new cases of #COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria; 3 in Osun and 1 in Ogun.

As of 11:15 a.m. (Tuesday) March 31, there are 135 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 reported in Nigeria with 2 deaths.

In the meantime, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf Monday, March 30, 2020, signed the Covid-19 Regulations 2020, which declares COVID-19 a dangerous infectious disease.

A statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity indicated that the Regulations, effective March 30, also gives legal backing to the various measures outlined in the Presidents National Broadcast Sunday, March 29, 2020, such as Restriction/Cessation of Movement in Abuja, Lagos, Ogun State, and others towards containing the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

According to Mr. Adesina, to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) while observing these restrictions, exemption is granted financial system and money markets.

These exemptions, the statement added, are to allow very skeletal operations in order to keep the system in light operations during the pendency of these regulations.

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