Christians in Kaduna, Lagos and other cities acros the country attended church services today, Sunday March 22, 2020, despite standing instructions by state governments and health authorities temporarily suspending social gatherings and religious meetings of any kind, in the bid to check the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus or COVID-19.
In a report by Channels Television, Christians in tKaduna, the state capital went out in large numbers to their individual places of worship, irrespective of pleas by the state government and concerned health authorities to suspend all such meetings for the time being.
The Channels report, however, observed that some worship centers, despite disregarding the ban, tried to put certain measures in place, to ensure a clean and conducive environment for service. These churches were said to have provided hand sanitizers and water at their entrances, ensuring that worshipers washed their hands and applied disinfectants before entering the worship Centers.
One of such churches, according to the report, is the Saint Joseph Catholic Cathedral in the state capital, which hosted a large turnout of faithfuls.
Meanwhile Churches in some parts of Lagos State on Sunday recorded partial compliance to the ban on gathering of not more than 20 people over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to the the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), most churches in Lagos had their normal services while some had adjusted the number of persons and time spent in church.
Meanwhile a new case of Coronavirus was recorded on Sunday March 22, 2020, in the country’s capital city, Abuja, bring the total number so far recorded in the country to 27.
This was confirmed by the National center for Disease Control NCDC which also confirmed that two persons out of the total number of Cases have been discharged.
*** Iyke Nwabueze