Coronavirus: Governor Fayemi shuts down Ekiti state, warns residents

Coronavirus: Governor Fayemi shuts down Ekiti state, warns residents

The spreading coronavirus on Sunday, March 29, forced the governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, to declare a shut down of the state in a message to residents.

Fayemi ordered a stay-at-home as a part of the measures the state government is adopting to fight the pandemic.

The governor, in a broadcast obtained by, also closed all the borders the state shares with its neighbours.

Coronavirus: Governor Fayemi shuts down Ekiti state, warns residents
Fayemi says only those selling essential commodities or carrying out services are exempted
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Fayemi ordered that the shut down of the state, which is mainly dusk-to-dawn (7pm to 7am), is to last for two weeks beginning from the night of Monday, March 30.

Violators of the order, he said, would have themselves to blame.

Those not affected by the lockdown of the state include transporters of food items and other basic commodities.

Also exempted are those carrying out essential services.

He assured the people that the state would carry out palliative and pay salaries promptly to cushion the effect of the stay-at-home.

According to him, urgent steps must be taken to curtail the virus especially looking at the devastation it is causing advanced countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom, China, Italy and others.

"It is very clear to us that Nigeria, and especially Ekiti State, cannot afford a breakout of this virus on a large scale as we do not have the resources, human and financial, to cope with a surge in positive cases of the coronavirus infection," the governor confessed.

The governor also shut down markets and other businesses during the two-week period except for those who sell essential goods and services.

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Apart from markets, Fayemi ordered all worship centres shut while he prohibited religious and social gatherings of any form including burial, wedding and other such ceremonies. earlier reported that Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna state on Saturday, March 28, said he had tested positive to coronavirus.

The governor's status was the first case of COVID-19 recorded in Kaduna state.

The governor, who made the disclosure in a statement he issued in Kaduna, said he had gone into self-isolation. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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