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26 avr. 2020 | 13h54 UTC

Nigeria: Governor lifts restrictions in Anambra state April 25 /update 16

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

State governor lifts all movement restrictions in Anambra state on April 25; state borders remain shut

TIMEFRAME expected from 26/4/2020, 12h00 until 31/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria, Anambra

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All movement restrictions in Anambra state have been lifted as of Saturday, April 25, by the governor of the state, Willie Obiano. Reports indicate that all bars, cafes, restaurants, and markets are allowed to open, whilst continuing to observe the state's sanitary guidelines. Churches are also allowed to hold activities, though worshipers must adhere to the health and sanitary guidelines and must wear face masks. The state's border restrictions remain in place; movement into and out of the state is still prohibited until further notice. Individuals are also still required to wear face masks for all activities conducted in public.

A total two-week lockdown was announced in Anambra state on Saturday, April 11, following the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recorded in the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

As of April 22, the country's airports remain closed, although emergency and essential flights, such as cargo transportation, are allowed to operate.

Lockdowns are currently in effect in Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Kogi, Kano, Ogun, and Lagos states, as well as in the city of Abuja. Restrictions have been introduced in a number of states including Bauchi, Ekiti, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Niger, Osun, and Rivers states.

As of Sunday, April 26, there have been 1182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 35 associated fatalities in Nigeria. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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