Task Force Shuts Abuja Markets Ignoring COVID-19 Protocols

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The COVID-19 Enforcement Team in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has shut down some markets in the nation’s capital.

Among the places visited and closed down by the enforcement team on Tuesday included the UTC Area 10 Market and the Wuse Market in Abuja.

The spokesperson for the task force, Mr Attah Ikharo, stated that the markets were shut for violating the measures put in place by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He explained that the team would later meet with the union leaders at the markets, adding that the exercise was carried out in line with the directive of the President on the enforcement of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021.

The regulations were made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday last week at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The nine-page document, which was published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), comprised six parts.

They include restrictions on gatherings, operations of public places, mandatory compliance with treatment protocols, offences and penalties, enforcement and application, as well as interpretation and citation.

In the document, President Buhari explained that the regulations were made in the exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010 and all other powers enabling him in that behalf.

He also noted that he had considered the urgent need to protect the health and wellbeing of Nigerians in the face of the widespread and rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country.

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See the breakdown of confirmed cases of COVID-19 according to states below:

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 49,501 7,463 41,709 329
FCT 16,913 5,794 10,992 127
Plateau 7,950 510 7,387 53
Kaduna 7,664 524 7,083 57
Oyo 5,460 1,247 4,128 85
Rivers 5,349 690 4,578 81
Edo 3,802 604 3,058 140
Ogun 3,408 529 2,836 43
Kano 3,036 397 2,558 81
Delta 2,323 534 1,737 52
Ondo 2,315 264 2,000 51
Kwara 1,936 346 1,549 41
Katsina 1,864 107 1,730 27
Nasarawa 1,817 1,479 325 13
Enugu 1,748 216 1,511 21
Gombe 1,624 129 1,453 42
Osun 1,547 312 1,203 32
Ebonyi 1,423 182 1,211 30
Abia 1,220 114 1,094 12
Bauchi 1,146 12 1,117 17
Imo 1,116 263 835 18
Borno 957 147 774 36
Anambra 893 540 334 19
Akwa Ibom 878 327 541 10
Benue 848 284 544 20
Niger 757 326 417 14
Sokoto 748 21 701 26
Bayelsa 669 36 609 24
Adamawa 631 363 240 28
Ekiti 579 87 483 9
Jigawa 460 59 390 11
Taraba 412 83 314 15
Kebbi 270 4 253 13
Yobe 241 34 199 8
Zamfara 205 7 190 8
Cross River 203 2 189 12
Kogi 5 3 2

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