Nigeria bans interstate travel for two weeks because of coronavirus

The governors of Nigeria’s 36 states announced Thursday an agreement to ban interstate travel for two weeks, in a new move to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the African country.

The chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, has pointed out that the decision is necessary due to the increase in cases of coronavirus and stressed that only essential services will be allowed.

Governors have also called for the decentralization of the response to the pandemic, which has already left 25 states affected by the virus, as reported by the Nigerian news portal Pulse.

On the other hand, they have expressed their concern about the increase in the number of coronavirus cases among health personnel and have committed to work with the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (CDC) so that the sector has the «adequate» equipment .

Nigerian authorities have so far confirmed 873 coronavirus cases, with 28 deaths, according to data provided by the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), reporting to the African Union (AU).