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NCDC warns against taking garlic, lemon as preventive measures

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, warned against the consumption of lemon, garlic and palm oil as preventive measures for Covid-19. Many streets in the capital city of Abuja are empty due to lockdown.

On social media, several fake messages are circulating, advising people to take different kinds of mixtures of fruits as a preventive measure against Covid-19. Reacting to the message on twitter, NCDC urged Nigerians to refute such fake information but adhere to the guidelines given by the government health agencies.

In a tweet, the body also warned Nigerians against alcohol or spraying Dettol on their bodies.

“Beware of unverified messages on social media! These DO NOT protect against #COVID19: Consuming hot lemon, palm oil, ginger or garlic, Gargling with saltwater, Drinking, or spraying Dettol on your body #TakeResponsibility #WashYourHands #StayAtHome,” it tweeted.

Lockdown

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja on Tuesday, complied with President Muhammadu Buhari’s gag order. On Sunday, Buhari ordered a total lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. However, the President subsequently exempted those providing essential services in the affected states.

Following this order, while monitoring the situation in some satellite towns, we found that parts of Abuja were fully compliant. Areas visited by some media include Kubwa Expressway, Dutsen Alhaji market, Dutsen-Bwari road, Gwarinpa, Kubwa town.

In all these areas visited, there was full compliance with the order to stay at home as the roadside shops were all closed, and the small traders who usually displayed their goods along the roadside could not be found. Some commercial banks and shopping malls along these roads were significantly closed.

Despite the total lockdown, a couple of vehicles and motorcycles could be seen along some of the routes visited. However, security operatives were noticed at every turn, apparently ensuring that residents strictly adhered to the President’s directives.

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