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President Muhammadu Buhari Monday, April 13, 2020 in a nationwide broadcast address to Nigerians said lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and FCT has been extended by 14 days, making it a month the stay at home measure would be in order.
The first 14-day lockdown started by March 30, 2020 which he made known in his first COVID-19 broadcast on Sunday, 29th March, 2020.
Check below 10 things President Buhari said after extending lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and FCT by another 14-day
One, he stated that at least 92% contact contact tracing has been achieved, “To date, we have identified 92% of all identified contacts while doubling the number of testing laboratories in the country and raising our testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day.”
Two, he appreciated the supports of religious leaders, community leaders, business communities and media houses.
Three, he said the objective of the APC-led government is to to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and to provide space, time and resources for an aggressive and collective action in order “ to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our country”
Four, he stated that there is in place comprehensive public health measures that intensified Nigeria’s case identification, testing, isolation & contact tracing capabilities.
Five, 7,000 healthcare workers have been trained on infection prevention and control, while deploying officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to 19 states of the federation.
According to Buhari, Lagos and Abuja now have he the capacity to admit some 1,000 patients each across several treatment centres, stating that “We will also build similar centers near our airports and land borders.”
Seven, the president acknowledged “the incredible work being done by our healthcare workers and volunteers across the country especially in frontline areas of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” calling them hero.
Eight, quoting the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Buhari said that the large proportion of new infections are now occurring in our communities, through person-to-person contacts.
Also, Buhari said the number of those on the conditional cash transfer data would be expanded to accommodate more beneficiaries by expanding it “from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks,” meaning 1 million more poor Nigerians will get N20, 000 each in the next two weeks.
Finally, President said the extension of the lockdown was a difficult decision, but it’s necessary to consolidate on the success recorded in the last 14 days.
“Fellow Nigerians, I have no doubt that by working together and carefully following the rules, we shall get over this pandemic and emerge stronger in the end,” he said in a pre-recorded broadcast.