Anambra Imposes Curfew Over Rising Cases Of COVID-19

Willie Obiano Governor of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria has imposed a nine-hour curfew as part of the measures to check the spread of COVID-9 pandemic in the state.

Obiano said the curfew would take effect from Monday, Feb. 8 and would last from 9 pm to 6 am daily.

The governor who made the declaration in a statement signed by Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra Government also directed that civil servants from Grade Level 1 to 12 should work from home till further notice.

“Governor Willie Obiano has directed that civil servants in the state, from grade level one to twelve should work from home until further notice, with immediate effect,” Chukwulobelu said.

“The state government has activated and made operational mobile courts to try COVID-19 protocol offenders, beginning from Monday, Feb. 8 as part of measures against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.”

“The state COVID-19 Task Force, including the Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Trade and Commerce have been empowered to increase their hospitals and markets surveillance.”

“They have powers to close immediately any hospital (private and government-owned), and markets that do not comply with COVID-19 protocols in their operations,” he added.

Anambra has recorded a steady increase in the number of positive test results of COVID-19 since the beginning of the second wave with record high of 160 on Feb.2, second in the country after Lagos.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), Anambra has a total of 1,053 confirmed cases, 19 deaths, 334 active cases and 700 successfully treated as of Thursday, Feb. 4.

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