The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, yesterday said government could extend the 14-day lockdown if the residents of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State fail to behave themselves 

The minister, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed this in Abuja when he featured in a forum to give an update on government efforts at containing the pandemic.

“If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended, but if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so.

“If we stay at home for two weeks and we are doing everything we are supposed to do, we should be able to effectively contain the disease.

“Therefore, my appeal to Nigerians is that they should obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings; after two weeks, we will resume our normal life.

“But if they think it is a joke, then we may have to stay at home more than the two weeks.”

The minister also disclosed that the Federal Government was planning to meet with indigenous manufacturers to discuss and facilitate the local production of Personal Protective Equipment, to enhance the fight against the coronavirus.

Mohammed stated that the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnibe Mamora, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Adeniyi Adebayo, would meet with the manufacturers on behalf of the government.

Nigeria recorded two new deaths cases yesterday, 3rd April, thus bringing the total death so far in the country to a total of four.

The number of confirmed cases also rose to 210, from 190 on Thursday.

According to a tweet from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, verified Twitter handle, the two new death cases were recorded in Lagos and Edo states.


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