BREAKING: Minister orders lockdown of Abuja over COVID-19, as cases rise to 7


The minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has listed measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the territory.

The partial lockdown of the FCT came on the heels of a rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases to seven.

Addressing newsmen on Tuesday, March 24, the minister said that all gatherings in public parks, gardens, bars, night clubs, event and football viewing centres amongst others were banned till further notice.

He said that all places of worship, including churches and Mosques remained closed, in addition to the closure of all schools and restriction of gatherings of not more than 50 people.

According to him, “Shops in markets and neighborhood centers in the FCT are to be shut to traders except those who sell essential commodities and medicines. However, pharmacies and supermarkets selling essential products and bakeries are to remain open but abide strictly by laid down measures.”

Muhammad Musa Bello said that the stay-at-home policy would be strictly enforced, especially for the FCT civil servants on grade levels 01-12.

“However, all workers from grade levels 01-12 on essential duties such as water supply, fire service, security, medical services, environmental protection, emergency services, FERMA and others are exempted from the stay-at-home police,” he said.

The minister, who stressed the danger of coronavirus to individuals and the society, said that already an Emergency Response Team had been put in place to tackle the pandemic in all ramifications in the capital territory.

“In order to better manage cases of infection, the FCTA will work closely with the University Teaching Hospital to expand the capacity of the current isolation and treatment center to accommodate more patients by providing the essential facilities.

“The Zuba General Hospital will also be converted into an isolation and treatment center to accommodate more patients should the need arise.

“Other isolation and treatment facilities are being prepared.”

The minister, however, asked the residents of the FCT to remain calm and to avoid panic buying “and continue to obey all laid down measures.”

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