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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 31 March, 2020)

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Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you are all doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

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Curfew: Police arrests 165 persons, impounds 205 vehicles in Kaduna

Police in Kaduna State have arrested 165 persons and impounded 205 vehicles for violating the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who said the suspects will be prosecuted immediately after the investigation is completed in accordance with the relevant extant laws of the land.

Afenifere faults Buhari’s broadcast on COVID-19

Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, yesterday faulted the timing of the lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying people should have been given a few days’ notice to prepare for the shutdown.

“While we agree that a lockdown is necessary at this point, it should not have been done as if we were shutting down a barrack under 24 hours,” the group said in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin.

NAFDAC orders manufacture of chloroquine for clinical trial, treatment

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has ordered manufacture of chloroquine for emergency stock for possible clinical treatment of COVID-19 patients. NAFDAC Director-General Prof. Mojisola  Adeyeye, said in a statement on Monday that a local manufacturing pharmaceutical company, May and Baker, had been approached to produce the drug.

She said the company, which flagship product was Chloroquine in the past, had produced a batch of the drug for emergency stock for the treatment of COVID-19.

‘NYSC camps ready for use as isolation centres’

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, says NYSC orientation camps are ready for use as isolation centres for coronavirus cases.

Speaking in Abuja yesterday when he inspected the Federal Capital Territory orientation camp, Ibrahim noted that the use of orientation camps as isolation centres was a directive from the federal government which has to be adhered to.

Buhari signs COVID-19 Regulations, 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, which declared coronavirus a dangerous infectious disease.

Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, in a statement, said President Buhari signed the regulations in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that regard.

The statement said the Regulations, effective March 30, 2020, also gave legal backing to the various measures outlined in the President’s National Broadcast on March 29, 2020, such as Restriction/Cessation of Movement in Lagos, FCT and Ogun State and others toward containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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