- Governor Sani Bello has eased COVID-19 lockdown in Niger state
- The governor maintained that the ban on commercial motorcycles remains
- Bello noted that all measures earlier put in place have been eased up with enhanced enforcement of the compulsory use of a facemask in the state
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has eased the COVID-19 lockdown in Niger state, now to be observed from 10 pm to 4 am daily.
The Sun reports that the governor disclosed this while briefing journalists at the Government House, Minna, the state capital.
Legit.ng gathered that he said that with the easing of the movement of restriction, there were no longer lockdown days.
The governor said that given the prevailing circumstances, all measures earlier put in place have been eased up with enhanced enforcement of the compulsory use of facemask in public places and the adherence of physical distancing.
He said all internal security checkpoints should be dismantled, while maintaining the ban on commercial motorcycle operators, adding that motor parks and other public transport centres must continue to abide by the guidelines issued by the ministry of transport for their operations.
He emphasised that the ban on interstate travel remains except for the movement of agricultural produce, petroleum products, manufactured goods and essential services, while intra-state travels are to be eased up.
"Henceforth, markets, banks and other places of business activities, as well as worship centres shall be opened for daily and weekly activities with strict adherence to all safety measures," he said.
The governor directed the state ministry of education to liaise with all relevant stakeholders in the education sector towards developing a workable strategy for the reopening of our schools.
He added that sensitisation efforts would be strengthened to improve case search within communities to guard against community transmission among the people and appealed to everyone to continue to adhere to personal hygiene procedures as well as other precautionary measures to avoid contracting and spreading of the virus.
The governor said so far the state has recorded 44 cases of COVID-19, one death, and 26 of the patient have been treated, discharged and reunited with their families, representing more than half of the cases so far managed.
All civil servants are, however, to remain at home except those on essential services, according to the updated guidelines.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Plateau state was hit by what appeared to be a mysterious death after about 50 people were said to have died and buried in various cemeteries within three weeks.
It was reported that the incident, which came amid COVID-19 crisis, has now plunged the authorises of Jos north local government area of the state into palpable fear.
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