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Gov Bello orders lockdown of Kogi communities



FOLLOWING a reported case of COVID-19 in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello has ordered a 14-day lockdown of all the communities in Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area effective from 12am June 2.

  The governor, who gave the order on Monday during a broadcast, said the lockdown was aimed at identifying those, who may have had contacts with the alleged index case.

  He said the state’s incident management team would continue to carry out the contact tracing and enforcement of the lockdown order.

  Governor Bello urged security agencies in the state to enforce total compliance with the lockdown order, enjoining residents to adhere to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines.

  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had on Wednesday stated that two persons from the state, the Chief Imam of Kabba Land and his son, tested positive to the virus. A development that further emboldened the brickbat between the state government and the centre.

  But the governor on Monday at the government house, Lokoja, said the state was forced to take the lockdown decision as the situation has snowballed into a political angle.

  Bello said effective from Tuesday midnight all the communities from the area where the patients reside should stay indoors permanently for two weeks.

  He also said all doctors who have contacts with the patients be ordered to go into self-isolation.

  The governor, however, maintained that the state is still free from the virus until the centre claims are verified.

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