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ThisDay Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 24 March, 2020)

Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation

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Coronavirus More Vicious than Boko Haram, Says SGF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has described COVID-19 as more vicious than Boko Haram, as the disease is capable of wiping out a whole city within the shortest time.

The SGF, who disclosed this at the Yola International Airport in Adamawa State, noted that Nigerians should strictly adhere to the advice and directives on the virus.

“As dreaded as Boko Haram, COVID-19 is more vicious, as one afflictions or infection can wipe out a city within the shortest time frame,” the SGF said.

Senate Loses Another Member

The Senate has lost another member, Senator Rose Oko, representing Cross River North Senatorial District.

Oko, aged 63, a ranking opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who died on Monday evening after a brief illness in London, United Kingdom, was Chairman of Senate committee on Trade and Investment

COVID-19: FG Gets Tougher, Moves to Deploy Military to Curb Spread

As the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rose to 40 yesterday with the discovery of 10 new incidences and Nigeria recording its first fatality since the virus seeped into the country last month, the federal government yesterday outlined tougher steps to curb the further spread of the disease.

The new measures include government’s preparedness to deploy the military in tracing and apprehending recalcitrant case contacts, the indefinite suspension of statutory meetings such as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and the Council of State, closure of the nation’s land borders to human traffic, and restriction of activities in Lagos, with the largest concentration of cases in the country, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with the directive that people on non-essential services should stay at home.

Wage Cut, Layoff Imminent with Rising Lockdown

The growing number of COVID-19 cases, which is forcing many public and private organisations to scale down their operations, as part of measures to contain the spread, is expected to impact negatively on the profitability of organisations, analysts have said.

The situation may also lead to wage cuts as well as layoffs by organisations battling to balance the books and make returns to shareholders.

Nigeria Records Four New Cases of COVID-19, Bringing Total Number to 40

Nigeria had recorded four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 40.

Stating this Monday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said of the four cases, three were from Lagos while one was from the Federal Capital Territory.

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