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COVID-19: Presidency orders Reps members to submit selves for screening

… As confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria rise to 35

By Lawrence Audu

The Presidency has ordered all members of the House of Representatives who recently returned from high-risk countries to submit themselves for screening.

In a memo from the President’s Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Presidency expressed worries that some members of the House have continually refused to subject themselves for screening on arrival at the nation’s airports.

The memo further urged the Speaker to direct all members to submit themselves to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC for screening and other possible actions.

Already The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria has risen to 35.

The figure rose after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Monday that five new cases had been confirmed.

According to the health agency, this is the latest update on the disease as of 9:45am on March 23, 2020.

A breakdown of the figure shows that two cases were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos respectively, while one case was confirmed in Edo State.

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