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COVID-19: Cases rise to 131 with 2 deaths

 

Coronavirus cases have risen to 131 in Nigeria as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 20 new cases on Monday.

Of the 20 new cases, 13 were recorded in Lagos State, four in Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), two in Kaduna and one in Oyo.

NCDC reports that the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, earlier announced that he tested positive for the virus.

The NCDC tweeted, “Twenty new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 13 in Lagos, four in FCT, two in Kaduna and one in Oyo State.

“As of 09:00 pm on March 30, there are 131 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with two deaths.”

Earlier in an address to the nation on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari imposed a curfew restricting movements in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.

Addressing Nigerians, the President said, “based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

“This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.”

He urged citizens in these areas to stay in their homes, adding that travel to or from other states should be postponed.

All businesses and offices within these locations should also be fully closed during this period, President Buhari added.