Mainstream headlines of major newspapers in Nigeria for Monday, March 23, are preoccupied with the fact that the dreaded global pandemic, coronavirus, has reached at least four states with cases rising to 30.
The Guardian reports that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, March 23, recorded at least 30 cases in the country with two of them discharged.
The NCDC said that of the new cases, six were in Lagos, one in Oyo and one in the Federal Territory Capital (FCT) Abuja.
This Day reports that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has alerted the NCDC that his son has contacted the virus.
Atiku revealed that his son had been taken to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management.
He stated: "My son has tested positive to coronavirus. @NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real."
Vanguard reports that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has shut down the Lagos state's civil service in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Governor Sanwo on Sunday, March 22, ordered all civil servants from levels 1 to 12 to stay at home for the next two weeks.
Giving updates on the spread of the virus in the state, the governor said: “It has become necessary for me to address you again, as promised, with an update on the COVID-19 situation in Lagos state.
“Since my last address to you on Friday, March 20, 2020, Lagos has confirmed an additional six cases of the Coronavirus disease, bringing the total in Lagos State to 18 confirmed cases."
On its front page, The Nation reports that the disease also hit Oyo state, precisely in Bodija on Sunday. So far, this is the first confirmed case of the virus.
This was confirmed by the governor of the state, Seyi Makinde, on his Twitter page.
Punch reports that due to the spread of the virus in Nigeria, the Kwara state government has declared a compulsory holiday for all workers in the civil service.
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