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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Covid-19 Regulations 2020 to declare Covid-19 as a  “dangerous infectious disease”.

In a statement by his media office, Buhari was said to have 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 behalf”.

Femi Adesina, his spokesman, 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 pandemic in the country”.

There had been criticisms of Buhari’s decision to restrict movement in those areas because, according to some lawyers, there was no legal backing.

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