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EU donates €50m Euros to Nigeria for anti-COVID-19 campaign

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… Buhari signs lockdown quarantine extension order

THE European Union has donated €50m to Nigeria for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

  The European body made the announcement today during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

The delegation noted that the donation is the single largest donation to any African country.

President Buhari in his response commiserated with the Union over the death recorded so far from the pandemic.

He also thanked the delegation for the donations which he said will be used judiciously.

  Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Quarantine Order which gives legal backing to the lockdown extension announced by the President.

  The President made the announcement on his Twitter handle on Monday.

According to the order, the lockdown and cessation of movement in Lagos State, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and Ogun State is extended for a further period of 14 days with effect from Tuesday, April 14.

  The regulation is further to the Quarantine Act, COVID-19 Regulation No 2 of 2020 signed by President Buhari in March 2020.

Buhari had earlier in a live broadcast on Sunday, March 29 announced a lockdown and restriction of movement in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)   Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.

  In another live broadcast on Monday, April 13, the President extended the lockdown noting that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a joke and urged Nigerians to bear with the difficult decision.

  Nigeria currently has 343 cases of COVID-19 spread across 19 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with 10 deaths recorded from the disease.

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