THE Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has asked the residents of the state to remain calm as the another COVID-19 case, the second, surfaced in the state.
In a broadcast Friday, Obiano bemoaned the security lapses on the state borders as he disclosed that the new case is a business man who came into the state from Kano State on May 6.
Obiano said that it is sad that in spite of efforts to tighten security at the borders, “this new case was able to sneak into Anambra after a trip to Kano. He is currently in one of our Protective Care Centers,” because authorities sealed his residence.
He added, “I urge you to be calm as the Covid-19 Task Force is on top of the situation to ensure that this threat is quickly contained. We have commenced aggressive contact tracing to minimize the wave of (community) spread that might arise from this case.”
Promising to intensify efforts to bring Covid-19 testing closer to the people, the governor revealed that two laboratories will soon be approved to operate fully as COVID-19 testing centers while, “a special training for professionals who will work in the laboratories is going on.
“Since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, we have had only two positive cases in Anambra. We have made adequate arrangements for the containment and there is no need for panic. I urge you to go about your business and in strict compliance to the protocols of Covid-19.
“These include regular washing of hands and the use of sanitizers, wearing of face masks when in public and observance to the principles of social distancing.“
The governor acknowledged that the state has been monitoring the mass movement of young people in groups from the epicenters of Covid-19 in the country.
He said: “Consequently, we have directed the security agencies to ensure that movement into Anambra by individuals and groups shall no longer be allowed. We are determined to enforce the federal order restricting movement between states across the country.
“The nationwide curfew must be strictly observed in Anambra. From now on, there will be no vehicular and human traffic into the State 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This includes essential goods and services. Every movement into Anambra must wait until the next morning.”