President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, giving him the executive powers to declare coronavirus a dangerous infectious disease.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, explained that this is “in exercise of the powers conferred on the president by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004).” It also stated that the COVID-19 regulation gives the president the legal backing for all the measures his government has put in place to curtail the spread of the ravaging virus particularly the lockdown of some states.
Here’s the full statement:
PRESIDENT BUHARI SIGNS COVID-19 REGULATIONS, 2020
In exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, signed the Covid-19 Regulations, 2020, which declared Covid-19 a dangerous infectious disease.
The Regulations, effective March 30, 2020, also gave legal backing to the various measures outlined in the President’s National Broadcast on March 29, 2020, such as Restriction/Cessation of Movement in Lagos, FCT and Ogun State and others toward containing the spread of the pandemic in the country.
In addition, to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs whilst observing these restrictions, exemption is granted financial system and money markets to allow very skeletal operations in order to keep the system in light operations during the pendency of these regulations.
Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) March 30, 2020
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reports second death from Coronavirus in Nigeria
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 20 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria and 1 death. According to the agency, 13 cases were confirmed in Lagos, 4 in FCT, 2 in Kaduna and 1 in Oyo State. This brings the total number of cases to 131 in Nigeria.
Seyi Makinde tests positive to COVID-19 & Oyo State releases
On Monday, March 30, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde shared that he has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The Governor shared the news on Twitter, where he made it known that he remains asymptomatic and would remain in isolation, adding that he has appointed “Prof. Temitope Alonge, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan as the Head of Oyo COVID-19 Task Force while he recovers”.
According to a press release on the Oyo State Instagram page, “Seyi Makinde was one of the governors who attended the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja last week. After the meeting, the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF) had sent an advisory to its members who attended the Abuja meeting to go into self- isolation or undergo COVID-19 test. The result of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s test came after the State’s index case was released from the COVID-19 isolation centre”.
The press release also stated:
The release of the patient was consequent upon the completion of his treatment at the Agbami Chest Hospital isolation centre, Ibadan.
The patient who returned from America had initially tested negative but tested positive after the second test.
The index case had been in self-isolation at a private residence in Ibadan until he was transferred to the Isolation centre at Agbami, Jericho area of Ibadan on March 23, 2020.
The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Taiwo Ladipo confirmed that the index case has been released after spending six days in the isolation centre and had two negative tests which resulted in his release.
He added that the index case is well, very stable and now back to his house. The infectious disease specialist will be reviewing him for follow up action. The public is urged to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Taskforce and also follow proper hygienic practices of regular handwashing with soap under running water, use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser and also practising social distancing.
Meanwhile, in the United States of America, the number of COVID-19 cases still on the rise
According to CNN Health’s tally, there are at least 160,714 cases of coronavirus in the United States, including 3,004 deaths. The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases. Hawaii and Wyoming are the only states not to have reported death from coronavirus.
Gin distilleries and breweries offer to make hand sanitizer for London’s Metropolitan Police
The Metropolitan Police Service shared in a statement that gin distilleries and breweries in the UK are offering their services to ensure the supply of hand sanitizers for London’s Metropolitan Police.
“The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has led to increased demand for hygiene products across the country, including hand sanitizers, and police are also feeling the squeeze”, according to the statement. The Met said hand sanitizers are a “vital commodity” for front-line officers.
The statement reads:
Gin distilleries and breweries are offering their services to ensure the Met’s supply of hand sanitiser does not dry up.
The outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK has led to an increased demand across the country for hygiene products such as hand sanitiser, with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) also feeling the squeeze.
Hand sanitiser is a crucial item for officers and staff in the MPS, especially those on the frontline who are patrolling the streets of London, dealing with prisoners in custody and attending crime scenes. Planning ahead to ensure the MPS continues to have a sufficient supply of hand sanitiser, staff in the force’s Commercial Services department started to pursue alternative sources for the product.
Staff quickly identified the alcohol industry as being an alternative source for the provision of hand sanitisers. The MPS immediately began talks with a range of gin distilleries and breweries, several being based in London, with many offering to supply hand sanitiser to the force.
After ensuring health and safety guidelines were met, and reaching an agreement with different Government bodies, the proposal was given the green light. All potential suppliers are producing and selling the hand sanitisers using the formulation provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), allowing the product to be made in a timely manner.
All of the analysis, research and exploratory discussions were carried out in under 72 hours by two placement students, under tutelage from leaders in Commercial Services. Within one week of starting discussions, the orders were placed.
Distilleries and breweries helping the MPS are Portobello Road Gin (Notting Hill), 58 Gin Ltd (Haggerston) and Copper Rivet Distillery (Chatham). Other distilleries approached by the MPS are now in conversation with other forces and public bodies.
As an added bonus, brewing company Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, is donating 6,000 litres of hand sanitiser free of charge to the MPS to help support its frontline officers and staff. The MPS expects to receive its first delivery of the hand sanitisers at the start of April.
Director of Commercial Services Mark Roberts said: “Hand sanitiser is an essential item for our officers and staff, especially those on the frontline. So I am extremely grateful to all of the suppliers who have agreed to work with us and provide us with this vital commodity, which will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save lives.
“I’d also like to say a special thank you to Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, which is very kindly going to donate 6,000 litres of this critical product to us. It shows the importance and necessity of everyone working together in these challenging times.”