Nigeria’s health authorities on Wednesday night reported 91 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 873 in the country.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) also reported three new deaths. So far, the West African country reported 873 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 28 deaths and 179 recoveries. The pandemic has spread to the Federal Capital Territory and 24 states.
According to reports by local media, a meeting of all the 36 state governors in Abuja on Wednesday recommended a two-week national inter-state lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Since the outbreak in Nigeria, the government has stopped international and domestic passenger flights, closed all educational institutions and introduced a lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states, among other measures, to curb the spread of the virus.
On April 13, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced the decision to extend the lockdown in the three states for two more weeks, when several other states also adopted lockdown measures on their own.
All airports will remain closed for two more weeks from Thursday as a result of the extension, Nigerian Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said Monday.