Covid 19 lockdown will last as long as necessary president buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says the restriction of movement in several states will remain as long as experts find it necessary.
Buhari had ordered a 14-day lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Some state governments had also declared curfew to restrict movement of persons and ensure social distancing.
Covid-19: ‘Lockdown will last as long as necessary’ – President Buhari
In a statement on Saturday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as saying the lockdown is a major attempt to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
He acknowledged the efforts of Nigerians as well as the sacrifices made during the stay at home period.
Covid-19 lockdown to continue
“We realize that today, there will be sons and daughters unable to visit their parents, and elders that are isolated from young ones.
And there will be those who live day-to-day, eating as they earn, who face real and present suffering,” he said.
“The freedoms we ask you to willingly forsake today will only last as long as our scientific advisers declare they are necessary. But they are essential – world over – to halt and defeat the spread of this virus.”
He also spoke about palliatives, asking people to get updates on how to be beneficiaries from the media.
Lockdown ro ast longer than planed
The president said no vaccine has been found to cure to the virus, adding that the defeat of coronavirus in the country lies in the hands of Nigerians.
“All that the Government is asking you to endure is because nowhere in the world today is there any known way of defeating this pandemic. There is no vaccine. And that means there are choices to be made: between continuing as usual, or accepting the restrictions even when they come with unintended consequences.
“Instead, the defeat of the virus in our country will be in our hands, alone. We cannot wait for others. We can only depend on ourselves now.
And so we must – and we will – end this outbreak ourselves as Nigerians, together”.
Nigeria has continued to record an increase in number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
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