- The Delta state government is doing everything possible to ensure the coronavirus pandemic does not get to its domain
- The government has announced the lockdown of all activities in the state and closure of all borders
- The directive was given by Governor Okowa during a statewide broadcast in Asaba, the state capital
As part of measures to make Delta safe from the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday, March 26 announced the lockdown of all activities in the state and closure of all borders.
The directive was given by Governor Okowa during a statewide broadcast in Asaba, the state capital.
The governor, a trained medical doctor, is the chairman of the central committee on managing and containing the coronavirus pandemic in Delta.
He stated that the lockdown would be effective from Wednesday, April 1 while the closure of borders and other entry points into the state would commence at 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 29.
He also ordered the closure of Asaba airports to traffic from 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and explained that the committee took the far-reaching decisions to further ensure that people in the state were safe.
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His words: “All land borders into and out of Delta are to be shut effective 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
“All businesses - malls, supermarkets, markets and shops - are to close from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
“All residents in the state are to stay at home from Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
“Food sellers are to conduct their businesses within the precinct of their homes and are required to strictly adhere to the social distancing rules.
“Deltans are advised that there will be increased security presence on the streets and land borders to ensure strict compliance with these directives.’’
The governor stated that the restrictions were for two weeks, in the first instance, but did not apply to persons providing essential services
Although there has been no confirmed case in Delta, Governor Okowa's proactiveness has been hailed by analysts across the country.
Already, the state government has acquired 19 ventilators, monitors and other critical equipment for the management of COVID-19 cases if it occurred in the state.
The Delta government has also established well-equipped isolation centres across the state.
Governor Okowa had earlier directed the closure of all primary, secondary and tertiary schools in the state with effect from Thursday, March 26 for 30 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The governor gave the directive in a state broadcast in Asaba on Friday, March 20, stressing that the decision was aimed at preventing possible spread of the virus.
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