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Coronavirus: Why Buhari ordered lockdown in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun – Minister of health, Ehanire Osagie

Nigeria is planning to use the Movement restriction imposed by president Buhari on Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to identify those who may have been exposed to COVID19, the Minister of Health Osagie Enhanire, explains

The restrictions are also to prevent further spread of the virus, he said.

Mr Ehanire said on Channels Television, a few minutes after the president addressed the nation, that the government has plans to intensify contact tracing as new cases of COVID-19 are recorded in the country.

He said the restrictions placed on all movement in Lagos, FCT and Ogun are to assist the health personnel who are conducting the contact tracing in those states to achieve the desired result

Mr Ehanire reiterated that the few confirmed cases outside Lagos and Abuja are linked to persons who have travelled from these centres.

“We are therefore working to ensure such interstate and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread.

“Our agencies are currently working hard to identify cases and people these patients have been in contact with,” he said.

Mr Ehanire said the lockdown might affect the Easter celebrations. He urged Nigerians to abide by the restrictions even if it affects the festival as “it is a worthwhile sacrifice especially if it will contain the spread of the disease.”

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