COVID-19: Governor Bello imposes lockdown in part of Kogi

COVID-19: Governor Bello imposes lockdown in part of Kogi

- Total lockdown has been imposed in the Kabba-Bunu local government area in Kogi

- The new order, according to the state government, takes effect from Monday, June 1

- This decision by the government came after several warnings from the NCDC and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to the state

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Governor Yahaya Bello has finally taken heed to the warnings of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with his decision to impose a total lockdown in Kabba-Bunu local government area in Kogi.

The decision of the governor over the Kabba-Bunu LGA was made known on Monday, June 1, in a statement made available to by his chief press secretary, Onugwo Muhammed.

According to Muhammed, "During the lockdown, there shall be no house to house movement within the local government area.

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"Street movement is completely prohibited within the local government area for the period. Palliative should be distributed house to house within the local government area."

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The CPS said that the Kogi state incident management team will continue with contact tracing to track those who might have had contact with the alleged index cases and that health workers who have physically met with infected persons should self-isolate.

The state government urged residents to strictly adhere to the lockdown order and the guideline of the NCDC.

Meanwhile, reported that the Kogi government said that the state was under pressure to declare the presence of coronavirus as the pandemic spreads across states of the federation.

The north-central state is one of the two out of the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that have not reported any case of Covid-19 pandemic.

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With fear and concern mounting over the coronavirus status in the state, Kogi government alleged that there is an “unholy conspiracy to declare COVID-19 in all states of the federation.”

This was contained in a statement by Kingsley Fanwo, Kogi state commissioner of information and communication, who gave an update on a female expatriate rumoured to have carried coronavirus pandemic.

“In view of the fact that Kogi state is one of only two states still COVID-19 free in Nigeria and having regard to recent pressures from some interesting quarters for Kogi state to find and declare cases of the disease, we are wary of an unholy conspiracy to declare COVID-19 in all states of the federation,” part of the statement read.

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