THE Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has reeled out more measures to reinforce the ongoing lockdown as he announces the negative result for the Covid-19 test of index case.
In a broadcast Saturday, Obiano the governor said that the arrangements were necessary to give the people a fighting chance against the pandemic while noting that the House of Assembly passed the State Covid-19 Law, which he signed into law.
Obiano disclosed that the first post treatment result from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) returned negative for SARS-CoV 2.
He reassured that five of the 39 persons who had contact with the index case were in the Protective Care Center while six of the contacts tested negative for coronavirus.
Going forward, he advised indigenes of Anambra to stay put wherever they find themselves until the lockdown is lifted while suspending all inter-city, inter-community movements, as he moved to close all motor parks, all boundaries with neighbouring states.
He said: “Those in Awka should remain in Awka, those in Aguleri should remain in Aguleri, people in Nnewi should remain in Nnewi except when the movement is extremely necessary.
“Health workers, journalists, and factory workers producing essential commodities are not affected by this lockdown. Security agents enforcing the lockdown order should take note of this.”
He permitted the food markets and the wholesale medicine market in Onitsha to open on Tuesdays and Fridays while the traders and customers must maintain social distancing and wear nose masks during the transaction.
While Obiano directed the security agents to note enforcement the reinforced measures, he noted that “banks encouraged to maintain skeletal services especially on market days.”
Thinking post Covid-19, Obiano reminded farmers in the state not to stay away from their farms but to take the opportunity of the lockdown to embark on serious farming activities in the current planting season, as hunger looms after Covid-19.