Coronavirus: Lagos govt confirms sending SMS on stimulus package to residents

Coronavirus: Lagos govt confirms sending SMS on stimulus package to residents

- The Lagos state government has confirmed sending SMS messages to some residents of the state about a stimulus food package

- The stimulus food package is part of measures put in place by the state government for the aged and vulnerable residents following the coronavirus pandemic

- The stimulus package which comes in packs of raw food items is aimed at cushioning the effects of the 14 days lockdown directive by the state and federal governments

The Lagos state government has confirmed sending SMS messages to residents of the state who are 60 years old and above about a stimulus food package unveiled by the state government.

The stimulus food package is part of measures put in place by the state government for the aged and vulnerable residents following the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Lagos govt confirms sending SMS on stimulus package to residents

The Lagos government said the stimulus package is aimed at cushioning the effects of the 14 days lockdown
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The Tribune reports that the stimulus package which comes in packs of raw food items, to be distributed to every local government in the state, is aimed at cushioning the effects of the 14 days lockdown directive by the state and federal governments.

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Prince Gbolahan Lawal, the state commissioner for agriculture made the clarification in a statement made available to newsmen from his office.

He explained that an SMS from the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) had been sent out to the aged, asking them to reply with a “YES,” “FOOD YES” or “SWITCH YES” if their registered home address with the Agency is still valid.

The commissioner noted that the ministry of Agriculture was collaborating with LASRRA in order to be able to reach the targeted audience as well as ensure fairness and evenness in the distribution of the stimulus packages.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday, March 31, confirmed four new cases of the coronavirus infection in Nigeria.

The NCDC in a tweet disclosed that three of the cases were detected in Osun state while one case was confirmed in Ogun state.

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The agency said the new development takes the total number of confirmed cases of COVID19 reported in Nigeria to 135 with 2 deaths.

In another report, a neurosurgeon, Sanja Gupta, has mourned his colleague, Dr James Goodrich, who lost his life to coronavirus.

He said that the virus does not discriminate in the way it attacks people and definitely does not infect based on an individual's status.

Gupta said it is quite unfortunate that someone who had saved so many would die in that unfair manner.

Still on health, As Nigeria continues to battle the global pandemic called coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, March 30, signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, into law in Abuja.

Legit.ng reports that Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president, revealed this in a statement, saying that COVID-19 has been declared a dangerous infectious disease.

The presidential spokesman went on to note that the Act is in line with the exercising of the powers conferred on Buhari by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf.

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Adesina further noted that the regulations also gave legal backing to the various measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country outlined in Buhari’s recent national broadcast which includes restriction of movement in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun state. The COVID-19 regulations become effective on Monday, March 30.

President Buhari's special adviser added that exemption is granted financial system and money markets to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs whilst observing these restrictions.

This is to allow skeletal operations to keep the system in light operations during the period of these regulations.

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