The Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Government of Lagos State has shut down all markets in order to curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19).
Naija News reports that the order will take effect from Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, Sanwo-Olu stated that those not affected are shops selling essential commodities such as medical equipment, water, foodstuff.
He said: “It is not a total lockdown, we still want people on essential services to go about their normal activities. We are trying to de-centralise markets in Lagos.
“This is why we want to use some of our closed schools as markets, so people can buy food and medicine without going a long distance.
“It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance.”
There are currently 44 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria, with most in Lagos.