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27 avr. 2020 | 12h17 UTC

Nigeria: Face mask use compulsory in public from April 25 in Lagos state /update 17

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

Lagos state authorities announce face mask use in public compulsory as of April 25 amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; abide by all government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/4/2020, 12h00 until 11/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

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On Sunday, April 25, Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced that the wearing of face masks in public has been made mandatory statewide in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The state has been placed under complete containment since the end of March. 

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

Lockdowns are currently in effect in Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Kogi, Kano, Ogun, 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 April 22, the country's airports remain closed, although emergency and essential flights, such as cargo transportation, are allowed to operate.

As of Monday, April 27, authorities have confirmed 1273 COVID-19 cases nationwide, with 40 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected.


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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