A seven-day lockdown has come into effect in Nigeria’s northern economic powerhouse, Kano state, in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The country’s capital Abuja, the commercial hub Lagos and Ogun state are on the third week of a similar lockdown imposed by the Nigerian government.
Friday prayers have been suspended, markets, schools and government offices have been closed, while the streets are empty as the lockdown started in Kano state where dozens of cases of the virus have been confirmed.
State governor Abdullahi Ganduje said all public gatherings have been banned and the lockdown period will be used to trace those who contacted infected people.
A number of states in the country have imposed a variety of restrictions to tackle the coronavirus which has so far spread to about 20 of Nigeria’s 36 states.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has confirmed 442 cases of the virus with 13 fatalities.
The World Health Organization has warned that Africa could become the epicentre of the coronavirus raising fears of devastating consequences.