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Covid-19: Govt to shut down markets in Edo tomorrow



IN a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Edo State Government is set to shut down all markets in the state in order to fumigate market places.

 Edo State Deputy Governor, Phillip Shaibu, made this known to journalists in Benin, adding that two additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 11.

Based on this result, thestate requires that all markets be shut down today from midnight to enable the state government to commence fumigation of markets on Wednesday, immediately after the closure.

He added that the markets across the state would be relocated to public primary school fields nearest to the markets, while the fumigation exercise lasted.

Shaibu also said the state government had made it mandatory for residents in the state to ensure they put on face masks if they must move out from their homes.

He explained that residents who disobeyed government’s directive on the use of facemasks would be sanctioned and prosecuted.

“Facemasks have become mandatory for residents in Edo. People must put on their facemasks if they must leave their homes to any part of the state. Edo State Government would prosecute anyone who fails to adhere to government’s directive on use of facemask,” he said.

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