Covid19: Osun, Ekiti, Imo States announces total lockdown

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The Governors of Osun, Ekiti and Imo state has called for a total lockdown  to prevent spread of the new coronavirus.

Hope Uzodinma of IMo State has ordered complete lockdown of the state as part of measures to prevent the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease from entering the state.

Uzodinma gave the order in a state broadcast in Owerri.

He said the move was in line with his commitment to protect the loves of the people of the state.

The governor ordered that all markets be closed indefinitely and also prohibited all forms of marriage ceremonies.

He also announced the ban on burial and funeral ceremonies and declared that all forms of religious worships in churches and mosques, including crusades and open evangelism were prohibited.

Uzodimma further directed that road blocks be mounted at all land borders into the state to ensure those coming in would be screened and given a clean bill of health by officials attached to the check points, before allowed entry.

He also directed all civil and public servants in the state, except those on approved essential duties, to stop work immediately.

He said a combined team of military, police and other security agencies would be deployed to the streets to ensure strict compliance with the directives.

As the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Saturday evening announced new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with Osun having its second confirmed case, the State Government on Sunday announced a total lockdown while Ekiti state with no new case also announced a lockdown for an initial period of fourteen days.

Ekiti governor announced that the curfew will be effective from 23H59 (11:59pm) on Monday, March 30, 2020 until 23H59 (11:59pm) on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Osun state government said all land boundaries would remain shut from midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2020, while movement within the state would be restricted from Tuesday, March 31.

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