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All the sectors exempted from President Buhari’s COVID-19 lockdown

President Muhammadu Buhari during his first national broadcast on Covid-19 on Sunday announced a total lock down of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.

The President, however, exempted some sectors from the directive.

Here are all the sectors exempted from the lockdown:

1. Hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organisations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.

2. Commercial establishments such as;

a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;

b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,

c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and

d. private security companies.

The President, meanwhile noted, that “Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored”.

Read also: COVID-19: Full text of President Buhari’s speech

3. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.

4. All seaports in Lagos.

Buhari said seaports shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines “I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority”.

5. All vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country are exempted but will be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter the restricted areas.

While the lockdown of Lagos and Abuja was owing to the fact that they have majority of the confirmed coronavirus cases, Ogun was included in the number due to its proximity to Lagos, Buhari said.

The President said the containment period would be used to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases.

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