- Honourable Prestige Ossy has called for the declaration of emergency in the fight against COVID-19 in Abia
- The lawmaker who represents Aba North and Aba South Federal Constituency at the National Assembly made the demand in a statement
- Abia state has recorded 81 new cases of coronavirus in the last 3 days
House of Representatives member from Abia, Honourable Prestige Ossy has called for the declaration of emergency in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Honourable Ossy who represents Aba North and Aba South Federal Constituency at the National Assembly made the demand in a statement he issued on Wednesday, June 10.
He described as very worrisome, the astronomical increase in the coronavirus cases in Abia state, as the state recorded 81 new cases in the last 3 days.
According to him, the situation demands declaration of emergency in the fight against the deadly scourge in the state.
The lawmaker said that he felt very sad to hear the news that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and some members of his cabinet tested positive.
Meanwhile, the Abia state government has disclosed that despite his status, the governor is in "stable and high spirit."
The governor's chief press secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, said his principal tested for the second time to remove the doubt over his state of Covid-19.
He added that Ikpeazu is being monitored by the health operatives of the state after the governor went into self-isolation.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday, June 9 reported that there are 663 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The NCDC via its official Twitter account revealed that of the new cases, Abia recorded 14 new infections on the day.
In a related development, a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicates that 42 per cent of hitherto employed Nigerians lost their jobs due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
The report which was published on Friday, June 5 was titled COVID-19 National Longitudinal Phone Survey (COVID-19 NLPS).
It stated that the impact on employment and income had been widespread as “respondents who were working before the outbreak reported that they were not currently working due to COVID-19.”
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