COVID-19: Nigerian Railway Network Shuts Down

In News 2020-03-21 16:42:09
COVID-19: Nigerian Railway Network Shuts Down
COVID-19: Nigerian Railway Network Shuts Down

The Nigerian railway network will cease to work on Saturday. That's the latest measure the federal government is taking to prevent further spread of the coronavirus that has so far affected 22 people in the country. 

The head of Digital Communications at the presidency, Tolu Ogunlesi disclosed this in a tweet moments after the health ministry announced the latest cases of the virus. Ogunlesi said the “Nigeria Railway Corps will be shutting down train services.”


His tweet is coming the same day the federal government’s coronavirus travel restrictions kick off. A big part of it is the barring of flights from 15 countries with more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the infection. 


Three international airports are also being shut on Saturday. The Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano and the Port Harcourt International Airport in Omagwa will be closed to flights. The Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, which had previously been closed for repairs is also affected. 

Confirmed cases of coronavirus have been rising in Nigeria since the first infected person was announced on the 27th of February. Ten new cases were disclosed on Saturday. Three of them are in the Federal Capital Territory and seven in Lagos. 

Despite the new cases, health authorities have been making progress in treating the infected. Two people who earlier tested positive have now tested negative and have been discharged.