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Nigeria Extends Closure of Airports by 2 Weeks to Contain Virus

A billboard mounted at the Airport Road to campaign against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus sits in Lagos, on April 20. Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

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Nigeria extended the closing of the West African nation’s airports for two weeks as it continues a lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision is subject to review when appropriate, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said in an emailed statement.

Nigeria closed its international airports for one month on March 23, a week before President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a two-week lockdown of the capital, Abuja, the commercial hub, Lagos and neighboring Ogun state. The stay-at-home directive was also extended to the end of April.

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