COVID-19: National Assembly workers to undergo test – Reps


As Nigeria records more cases of Coronavirus, members of the House of Representatives have resolved to test all members and staff of the National Assembly.

Also, the lawmakers suggested a temporary ban on visitors from the legislative complex.

POLITICS NIGERIA learnt that the lawmakers made the request at Wednesday’s plenary session after some deliberations.

They, however, prayed the federal government to ban all religious gatherings. This, according to the Green Chamber, will help curb the spread of the pandemic.

They asked for an agreement between Nigeria and countries certified free of the disease on the mass production and supply of test kits and other infrastructure needed to tackle the virus.

They lamented the ill-treatment reportedly meted out to a suspected coronavirus patient in Enugu state, and asked the ministry of health to henceforth ensure adequate care for those under quarantine.

POLITICS NIGERIA earlier reported how the federal government placed visa restrictions on visitors from China, Italy and other countries with over one thousand cases of Coronavirus.

“The federal government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travellers from the following countries; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, Germany, Norway, US, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland,” the Secretary General of the federation, Boss Mustapha, announced on Wednesday.

The latest development will take effect from March 21 and last for four weeks.

Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19 has dealt a blow on the world economy and international engagements. Although Nigeria recorded the first COVID-19 case on February 24, seven cases have been confirmed afterwards.

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