Lagos Makes Wearing Face Masks Compulsory

A woman wearing face mask walks outside the Central Mosque in Lagos, Nigeria Friday, March 20, 2020. Lagos government banned all religious activities for four weeks following confirmation of more cases of COVID-19 virus in Nigeria. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

The authorities in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, have made the wearing of face masks mandatory in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.

The number of confirmed cases in the city stands at 731, more than half of the total confirmed cases in Nigeria.

The government said that anyone who fails to use a face mask in a public place in the city will be penalised.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the government will distribute face masks to residents.

The state has a population of about 20 million people and many of them live in cramped housing conditions.

Lagos state and neighbouring Ogun state as well as the capital, Abuja, have been in lockdown for a month.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to decide later today on whether the lockdown will be extended.

Some 40 people have died of the virus in Nigeria as the number of total confirmed cases surged to 1273 as at Sunday night.

Source: BBC

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