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Anambra Assembly passes COVID-19, others Bill

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ANAMBRA House of Assembly (ANHA) has passed a bill to provide legislative frame for government’s efforts to prevent the spread of   COVID-19 and other dangerous infectious diseases in the state.

  The Bill is known as COVID-19 and Other Dangerous Infectious Diseases Prevention and Eradication Bill 2020. Lawmakers passed the Bill at yesterday’s emergency, with sitting in strict observation of social distancing forming special features of the plenary.

  The House set up a 10-man committee known as Anambra House of Assembly COVID-19 Observation Team to be headed by Deputy Speaker, Dr. Pascal Agbodike.

  The Bill provides for summary conviction and a fine of N100,000 or a term of one month imprisonment against anybody that violates any of its provisions.

  Reiterating coronavirus as a deadly disease said after the Bill was passed, Speaker Uche Okafor stated that the Bill was aimed at ensuring not only its containment and eradication but that of other dangerous infectious diseases.

  According to Majority Leader, Dr. Nnamdi Okafor, the Bill sustained all directives already provided by government to combat the disease in Anambra State.

  This he listed as closure of inter-state boundaries, restriction of movements, comprehensive but temporary lockdown, restriction on public gatherings, social distancing as well as personal hygiene and safety health measures among others.

  The House also extended tenures of chairmen and members of transition committees of local government areas for a period of three months.

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