- Commercial bus drivers in Lagos have been given a new set of precautionary rules by the state government as coronavirus spreads across Nigeria
- Drivers have been directed to always wear face masks and hand gloves while driving
- The state's ministry of transportation also ordered bus drivers to check the temperature of their passengers before embarking on a journey
In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Lagos state government has given a set of new rules for all commercial drivers.
The state government's ministry of transportation on Sunday, March 22, ordered all commercial bus owners to always put on face masks and wear hand gloves while driving, Channels TV reports.
Added to this, the commissioner for transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, in a statement told drivers to always have alcohol-based sanitizers both for themselves and passengers in their buses.
Moreover, Oladeinde said all persons intending to board commercial buses must have their temperatures checked with thermometers and that all air conditioning system in public transport be switched off.
Apart from placing a ban on standing in all BRT and LBSL bus operations centres, the ministry also ordered that all buses should be at 60% capacity and not 100%.
The commissioner also said that operators/companies and passengers should report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the ministry or call 08000CORONA.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as one of its major steps to keep Nigerians abreast with information on coronavirus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had unveiled a microsite, covid19.ncdc.gov.ng, for this purpose.
On its Twitter page, the NCDC said that the new site had been approved by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire.
The agency said that without the need for regular press briefing, news related to the virus in Nigeria will be posted on the site.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC had reported that there were three new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The NCDC via its official Twitter account on Sunday, March 22, revealed that the confirmed cases are from Lagos state bringing the total number of cases to thirty.
Meanwhile, two patients had been discharged with no death recorded. From the tweet, NCDC stated that as at 05:28 pm the two out of the cases are returning travellers while the third is a contact of a confirmed case.
This came barely less than twenty-four hours Legit.ng had reported the NCDC confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The agency had stated that all cases which are in Lagos state were being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.
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