Buhari to address Nigerians as coronavirus cases escalate and death toll rises

President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8 p.m., local time, the presidency said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

“Television, radio and other electronic media stations are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast,” the statement read.

Mr. Buhari is expected to announce new measures meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Nigeria.

Governors late last week urged him to adopt compulsory use of face masks, impose inter-state lockdowns and relax ban within states.

As at 11:50pm April 26, there were 1273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) tweeted late on Sunday.

At least 40 people have died and 239 others have been discharged.

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