- The federal government has announced the restriction of international flights to Lagos and Abuja
- According to the report, the move was part of precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria
- Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, disclosed this on Friday, March 20
The federal government on Friday, March 20, announced restriction of international flights to Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMI) Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
The Nation reports that the federal government said the move was part of precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, announced this in a chat with reporters on Friday, March 20.
He declared that international flights would be only through the two airports until further notice.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Osun government ordered the closure of all public gatherings including churches, mosques and schools in the state to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
It was reported the order was contained in a statement on Thursday, March 19, by the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, and sent to the media by his spokesman, Ismail Omipidan. According to the statement, the ban takes effect from Friday, March 20, till further notice.
In another report, Governor Nyesom Wike ordered the closure of all schools in Rivers state including the tertiary institutions amid rising coronavirus tension.
The governor gave the directives on Friday morning, March 20, through a statement by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu.
Wike also placed restrictions on religious activities across the state, saying the decision was taken in the interest of the people as more cases of coronavirus were recorded in the country in the last forty-eight hours.
On efforts to curb the virus, Governor Wike said his government has set up an awareness committee to sensitize people about the deadly disease through social and broadcast media.
The governor also said that 158 surveillance and ad-hoc personnel have been trained while one treatment centre and holding centres in the two teaching hospitals and all General Hospitals in the state are fully functional.
Also, amid growing scare over coronavirus, Dino Melaye, a former senator representing Kogi West, said face masks and hand sanitisers are not the solutions but a remorseful return to the way of the Lord.
Coronavirus, officially, knowns as Covid-19, took a hair-raising dimension as four more cases were reported barely twenty-four hours after presidential aide Tolu Ogunlesi announced five more cases.
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