The Federal Government has shut down a major Chinese supermarket in Abuja over coronavirus, just as the WHO declared the disease outbreak a global emergency.
Head of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Babatunde Irukera, the organ of government that carried out the closure explains:
“Our suspicion is not whether those products that we saw there are host carriers of the virus, but it was more of the fact that … is there a potential for risk?”
“The operatives of the place admitted that those things were imported from China,”
Conservative reports have fingered more than 4, 000 deaths from the disease, whereas official China figures confirmed just over 200 deaths. in Wuhan, China, and nearly 10,000 others are infected and fighting symptoms that include fever and respiratory difficulties.
Chikwe Ihekwazu, head of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said the government was not taking any chances although there has not been a reported case of the disease in Nigeria.
“The first thing we’re doing is learning everyday about critical aspects of the virus — how it is transmitted, how many people die from it, how many severe cases it causes,” Ihekwazu said. “There’s new information coming up every day. We’re working closely with [the World Health Organization] to identify specific measures for controlling the outbreak but also to advise government on what to do in terms of trade and travel and all of that.”
The FG has also instructed the transport and interior ministries to police the ports and borders effectively and report any case immediately. It has also advised Nigerian travelling to China to suspend their trips indefinitely. Other Chinese run businesses in Nigeria may also be shut over the disease.
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