Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has ordered the total lockdown of the state and borders in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This was made known in a statement on Sunday by Alhaji Umar Kadafur, the Deputy Governor of Borno.
According to Kadafur, the order would take effect from Monday, April 13, by 6 a.m, adding that movement in and out of the state would be completely restricted.
“The border between Borno and Yobe States would be shut down completely, only persons on essential duties and vehicles conveying food items, petrol, drugs and other essential commodities would be allowed into the state,” he said.
“This painstaking decision became imperative as part of the measures to prevent spread of the virus into our dear state, following discoveries of some suspected cases in some northern states.”
Meanwhile, five new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed on Sunday in Nigeria by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
The cases were reported as follows: 2 in Lagos, 2 in Kwara and 1 in Katsina.
The tweet from the NCDC reads: “As at 09:10 pm 12th April there are 323 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 85 have been discharged with 10 deaths.”
“There are 19 states with confirmed cases in Nigeria.”
This now brings the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria to 323.