- Governor Makinde has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Oyo state
- This action was taken to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus in the state
- Makinde said that all markets in the state would be closed except those selling perishable food items
Following the spread of the pandemic coronavirus in Nigeria, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, on Friday, March 27, announced stringent measures to halt further spread of the disease in the state.
Channels TV reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said Oyo now has three confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor said from Sunday, March 29, all markets in the state would be closed except those selling perishable food items
He said: “As a result of this, I have directed that the following additional measures be put in place: dusk to dawn curfew (7 pm to 6 am); no gatherings of more than ten people should be held anywhere in Oyo state.
“From Sunday night, March 29, 2020, all markets will be closed except those selling perishable food items."
The governor also suspended inter-state transportation, incoming and outgoing, except for vehicles carrying food items, medical, pharmaceutical and petroleum products.
“This takes effect from Sunday night, March 29, 2020,” Makinde said. All measures will be reviewed on a weekly basis,” he said.
According to the governor, 84 other suspected cases have been identified in the state as contact tracing and collection of samples commence.
He added: “The state’s diagnostic centre set up in collaboration with the University College Hospital is now ready. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) certification is still pending but the director-general of NCDC has made a pre-statement about the molecular laboratory in Oyo state.”
He noted that the state’s “index case remains stable and is still under observation in the isolation unit at Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari gave a directive for the protection of staff salaries, pensions of retirees and statutory transfer in spite the challenge posed by COVID-19 that has affected the economy.
It was reported that the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this when she appeared as a guest on Channels Television “Politics Today” programme in Abuja on Friday, March 27.
Ahmed said the president also directed that key infrastructure projects such as major roads, railway line and power that were critical to growth and development were also protected.
She admitted that the revenue had been threatened by the pandemic, adding that the country’s ability to implement the 2020 budget at the state and federal level would be significantly hampered.
In another report, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The test result was revealed on Friday, March 27.
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