The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Sunday, April 26, 2020 said President Muhammadu Buhari would determine when to lift the lockdown necessitated by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Ehanire made the statement on Sunday Political on Channels Television in Abuja.
On April 13, 2020, Buhari announced a 14-day extension of lockdown in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun states to combat the pandemic. The initial 14-day lockdown in the three states began on March 30.
The health minister said that the decision to extend the COVID-19 lockdown was tailored according to the needs of every country.
Ehanire also advised Nigerians that if people had coronavirus symptoms and their symptoms did not meet the case definition of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, officials might turn them back.
The minister also announced that about 40 health workers have tested positive for coronavirus in the country, adding that not all were infected in the line of duty.
Currently, there are 1,182 confirmed cases in Nigeria. There have been 35 deaths, 925 people are still ill, while 222 people have recovered.
COVID-19 has spread to 211 other countries around the world, including one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship) harbored in Yokohama, Japan.