Abubakar Bello, Niger State governor in Nigeria says they have noticed that people are not taking the necessary precautions set by the government to fight COVID-19, especially wearing a face mask in public places, which he says is unacceptable.
The Governor states that people must take necessary precautions all the time when he held a news briefing after meeting with State’s Task Force Committee regarding COVID-19 in Minna the city in Nigeria.
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Mr. Bello declared there shall be reinforced strict adherence to safety protocols of wearing a face mask, washing of hands, use of sanitizers, and maintaining a physical distancing of 1,5 meters.
He said: “All forms of mass gathering by the ease of lockdown are hereby proscribed and there shall be reinvigorated curfew from 10 p.m. till 4 a.m.”
He directed the state’s ministries of Information, Health, and relevant Missile Defense Agencies (MDAs) to embark on the need to observe the protocols to curtail the spread of the virus.
He advised people to be cautious, especially in markets, motor parks, places of worship, and other public places.
He directed that all access to government house and other government offices should be restricted except for those on essential services, as he directed security agencies to strictly enforce compliance, adding that violators of the directives would be prosecuted by mobile courts.
The state’s Ministry of Health is also advised to ensure that all deaths were tested for COVID-19 at the nearest health facility for burial protocol.
He disclosed that the state recorded 166 cases of COVID-19, discharged 113, with nine deaths.
He added that the 11 affected local government areas include; Bida, Borgu, Bosso, Chanchaga, Kontagora, Mariga. The governor says citizens need to take necessary precautions to make sure the virus doesn’t spread fast.