- Despite the outbreak of coronavirus in Adamawa, things are beginning to take a better outlook
- The state government on Sunday, May 17, eased the ban on movement and gatherings
- However, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri told residents that both religious and social gatherings must not be more than 50 persons per cluster
The earlier restriction on religious and social gatherings imposed on Adamawa due to the spread of the coronavirus infection has been lifted by the state government.
The state government, announcing its new decision on Sunday, May 17, said that this came due to the welcome drop in the number of local transmission of the disease, Channels TV reports.
However, the government warned that the gatherings must not exceed 50 persons per cluster in all parts of the state.
The state also pointed out that conveners of such gatherings must provide hand sanitisers and ensure that rules on social distancing are not flouted.
Despite the lifting of the ban on movement, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri made it clear that the 8pm to 6am curfew still stands.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Adamawa state government imposed a lockdown throughout the state for another period of 14 days in its bid to control the spread of COVID-19.
A statement made available by the director-general of Media and Communications, Government House Yola, Solomon Kumangar, indicates that the lockdown takes effect from midnight Friday, April 24 and will be in place till Friday, May 8.
"Painful as the decision is, it is the aftermath of the first COVID-19 index case recorded in the state through a returnee from Kano.
‘’The Adamawa state government is therefore left with no option than to go for lockdown in the overall interest of saving lives and to contain the spread.
‘’Government has successfully commenced contacts tracing and testing which will be followed by isolation and treatment of positive cases,’’ he said.
With the lockdown in place, there won't be movement and gatherings in the state except for those on verifiable essential duty such as security, food, media, health, and water board personnel.
Mobile courts were expected to be available for instant prosecution of the violators of the lockdown offenders.
Financial Institutions like banks were also allowed to carry out skeletal operations will operate skeletal services.
The state government also urged the citizens to embrace the rudiments of basic hygiene like regular handwashing with soap, sanitizers were obtainable, social distancing, and use of face masks.
According to the data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Adamawa has one confirmed case of COVID-19 as at Thursday night, April 23.
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