Governors of the 36 States of the Federation on Wednesday “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of an inter-State lockdown for two weeks to contain the spread of COVID-19.

25 States have recorded cases of coronavirus with 782 confirmed cases as at 11:25 pm on April 21 with 25 deaths.

The Governors, operating under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), reached the agreement after receiving a briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against COVID-19.

A communiqué issued by the NGF chairman and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, at the end of the sixth COVID-19 teleconference meeting said only essential services would be permitted during the national lockdown.

Fayemi said: “Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus from state to state. Only essential services will be permitted.”

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“In order to strengthen coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states, governors resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level, headed by their state Commissioners of Health.

“Regional committees will continue to interface with the State Task Force Committees on COVID-19 already established in each state.

 

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