How Nigeria Is Battling COVID-19: Total Confirmed Cases And More

In the last 2 days, Nigeria has recorded 8 new cases of the COVID-19 disease taking the total number to 30 across the country. As of Wednesday, 18th, we had recorded only 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Lagos currently has the greatest number of confirmed cases, with 22 confirmed cases as at 22nd March. Other state numbers are FCT- 4, Ogun- 2, Ekiti- 1, Oyo- 1.

All recent arrivals into the country are advised to self-isolate for 14 days and report any unusual feelings of unwellness. Self-isolation Guideline NCDC.

Various directives have been passed to aid the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19. These directives are:

Travel Ban

Nigeria enforced a ban on Friday on entry of travellers from 13 countries, the U.S., the U.K., China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and the Netherlands as part of efforts to avert a coronavirus outbreak in the country.

This ban will last as least 4 weeks.

All airports in Nigeria will be closed to international flights effective from tomorrow, March 23 with emergency flights the only exemption. Domestic flights within the country will continue as usual.

COVID-19 Travel Ban
Official Travel Ban Statement

Ban on Public Gatherings

The total number of people allowed in public gatherings have been reduced to 20, from the previous 50. Affected states in the country are moving to enforce this public gathering limit over the next 4 weeks.

Public gatherings pose a massive threat to public health. Should you find yourself in any public gatherings, do well to read this guide by NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control). Public Gathering Guide NCDC.

Closure of Public and Private Schools.

Hours after announcing the ban on public gatherings, the Lagos State Government also announced the closure of all public and private schools effective from Monday 23, 2020.

School closure proves a practical measure in order to prevent teachers and pupils from contracting COVID-19 in the six states where cases have already been confirmed. A statement by the Commissioner of Education explained preventive measures taken against COVID-19, read it and WHO infographics to further educate you on COVID-19 here.

Read also: All You Need To Know On COVID-19

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