Coronavirus epidemic: NGIJ commends government Effort, FG closes all borders

The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has commended the Federal Government and State governments over the strategic approaches and coordinated efforts towards controlling the Coronavirus epidemic and assuring good health for Nigerians.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr. Israel O. Bolaji, NGIJ Vice President, Information and Strategy, the Guild and made available to journalists in Lagos state commended both the Federal Government and state governments especially Lagos State over the effective approach and strategies reeled out in stemming the spread of the deadly virus.

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NGIJ, in view of new cases, also charged the general public, religious, social and community leaders to strictly comply and encourage their followers to do the same with crowd restriction and personal hygiene measures as directed by the Government and medical authorities to curtail the increasing spread of Covid 19 across the country. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Bolaji added that it has become imperative and a matter of utmost priority for all Nigerians to support government in the fight by complying and educating others to avert an impending catastrophe particularly with the fresh cases popping up in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory lately.

“It has become clear that the epidemic is real and cannot be wished away; government alone can not control the epidemic without the cooperation of the people, and health precautions and abstaining from large gatherings are some of the key strategies for controlling the spread. “, he said.

Nigeria has recorded 22 cases till date but with the cooperation of the general public, the nation will come out victorious in the battle.

We urge Nigerians to shun mythological beliefs and denials, avoid large gathering and frequently wash their hands with soap and water or with alcohol based hand sanitizers to stay safe and healthy.

The Nigeria Government has announced the immediate closure of all borders to human traffic as cases rose to 36.

Nigeria reported its first death from coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases rose to 36.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC wrote on Twitter that. “The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK. He had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy,”

The agency said the confirmed number of infections in Nigeria had now risen to 36, with cases registered in the largest city Lagos, the capital Abuja and four other states.

Italy has reported 602 new deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total to 6,077 with the tally of cases in the country, a major hotspot, rising to 63,928.

The number of reported deaths in the country dropped for a second day in a row, after on Saturday reaching an all-time high since the outbreak began of 793.

In the UK, the number of those who have died from the disease the virus causes, COVID-19, increased by 54, bringing the toll in the country to 335 among 6,650 cases. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered residents across the country to stay at home.

In the US, the number of cases surged past 35,000, with a death toll of 495, according to John Hopkins University data.

More than 15,400 people have died from COVID-19 globally. An estimated 100,000 of the 362,000 people who have been diagnosed with the disease across the world have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

Also on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned “the pandemic is accelerating” with it taking 67 days for cases to reach the 100,000 mark globally, 11 days for cases to reach 200,000 and just four days for cases to reach 300,000.

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