Nigeria relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures

Lagos – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced on Monday evening a gradual deconfinement in Nigeria from May 4 but will impose a night curfew and the wearing of masks.

“I have decided to put in place gradual deconfinement measures,” Buhari said in a television address.

“We will implement a curfew between 8 pm and 6 am,” he said.

The president further said that inter-state borders will still be closed except for basic necessities. Wearing masks in public spaces as well as social distancing measures will also be taken.

On Monday, Nigeria had nearly 1, 300 officially reported cases of the coronavirus infection and 40 deaths, but a lot of voices were raised to denounce the insignificant number of tests carried out in the most populous country in Africa with a population of 200 million.

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