Borders: Ugwuanyi, Umahi to build gates to hold out COVID-19 escapees

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Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi (right) with Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

THE Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has spoken of an agreement with the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to build gates at their common borders to further enforce the closure of borders.

During a state broadcast Wednesday, to update the state on the ongoing efforts to contain coronavirus, Umahi said that the gates will be a huge barrier for people trying to smuggle themselves into either state. 

He said: “I am going to be very strict on these border restrictions. We will build the gate in such a way that even if you want to go through the bush, you cannot pass. If there were restriction of borders, we wouldn’t have had even one case in Ebonyi.”

Showing sympathy for those who still doubt the reality of COVID-19, he invited them “to come to our treatment centers. We will give you access to  embrace those who are infected. That is the way to prove that the disease is real, not on Facebook.”

He further disclosed that a total of 438 people were being held in different holding centers across the local government areas. In Ohaozara holding centre, there are 31 people, 72 in Ebonyi LGA, 31 in Abakaliki LGA, 28 in Ezza North LGA, 35 in Ohaukwu LGA, Ishielu LGA, 23; Afikpo North LGA, 35; Onicha LGA, 23, Ivo 1, Afikpo South LGA, 32, Ezza South LGA-16, Ikwo LGA, 35; Izzi LGA, 31.

He added: “At the stadium, we have 35 people; 33 are waiting results of tests while 396 people have been issued with discharged certificates. We have tested a total of 818 samples mostly from Ebonyi, but we also test for other states in South East and South-South. 

“We have treated 378 suspected cases that tested negative; and the state now has a total of eight cases of confirmed COVID-19 patients.”

He said that of the eight cases, “three involve a man, his wife and two children aged one and three.

“On May 11, the three year old tested positive. The doctors have been battling because the child that tested negative is still sucking breast and the doctors can’t convince the parents to isolate the child after testing negative twice.”

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