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Coronavirus dominates Nigeria newsstands

The Nigerian press on Tuesday focused on coronavirus pandemic, including the signing of a law to contain the spread of the respiratory disease it causes.This Day reported that Nigeria has recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 131.

The Nation wrote that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night signed the COVID-19 Regulations 2020 declaring the pandemic a dangerous infectious disease.

The regulations, effective from March 30, give legal backing to the various measures undertaken by the Nigerian government to contain the spread of coronavirus such restrictions of movement in some states.

The same newspaper also reported that the number of persons being traced for having contacts with coronavirus carriers has risen from 4,370 to 6,000.

Channels Television carried a story about the positive coronavirus test results for Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde and reported that he was now in self-isolation.

It also reported that the Health Minister Osagie Ehanire had confirmed the second death from COVID-19 in the country.

Another newspaper, Punch, reported that the Cross River State Government had on Monday turned back 35 American oil workers over coronavirus screening.

The state government was said to have asked the workers to go for further screening in Lagos or Abuja before they would be allowed in, according to the newspaper.

Leadership said that barely 24 hours after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation assured Nigerians that there was enough petrol to last the country for 60 days, fuel queues on Monday surfaced in Abuja, Lagos and other states.

The Sun warned that parts of Nigeria may soon be plunged into darkness unless urgent steps are taken over the next few days to improve power supply as four power plants are lying idle.

Published on 28.04.2020

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