A lot of panic buying is currently going on in parts of the country as Nigerians prepare for a worst case scenario.
Fresh cases of the Coronavirus have been reported in some States, but health officials who are working round the clock to prevent the spread of the virus reveal there have been no deaths.
Abuja residents are worried that edibles in the marketplace such as garri, palm oil, egusi, vegetables, beans and beef are becoming scarce as panic-stricken families begin to stockpile essential commodities.
Our Correspondent in Abuja reports that the panic buying which is currently going on is gradually resulting in higher prices of goods in the marketplace.
Thursday, a modu of garri at the Kaura International Market in Abuja cost N200 while a small basket of tomatoes sold for N1,200.
On Friday, the price of a modu of garri rose from N200 to N300 while buyers paid N2,000 for a basket of tomatoes instead of N1,200.
Egusi, beans and other commodities were difficult to come by at the Kaura Market when a Telegraph Correspondent made a stop at the usually busy market.
Telegraph correspondents who are similarly keeping an eye on markets within Port Harcourt city warn that a similar trend is gradually rearing its head in Rivers State.
Most housewives who spoke to this publication confirmed that prices of protein such as fish, snails and beef are gradually climbing as people storm markets to buy essential commodities.
The same is true about the cost of carbohydrates such as garri and yams among others.
In Lagos, the authorities are warning Lagosians against embarking on panic buying.
The Lagos State Governor admitted Friday that although there is need to acquire essential needs, it was unnecessary for people to engage in panic buying.
Most students in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos returned home to their parents Friday as fears of the coronavirus deepened.
Others are expected home today, following directives to that effect by state governments which are determined to ensure social distancing is achieved
Meanwhile, the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has put off the forthcoming West African School Certificate examination.
The organisation said it took the decision in view of efforts being made to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus.
There is however, some hope that chloroquine may prove vital in fighting the virus to a standstill.
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