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Ebonyi records first COVID-19 death

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Ebonyi State, South East Nigeria has recorded its first death from coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor, David Umahi, made the announcement today in Abakiliki through a radio broadcast.

  According to the governor, Ebonyi has joined other states where death from COVID-19 complications has been recorded despite the efforts of the state government to contain the spread of the disease.

  The governor noted that the late patient was a judiciary officer and, therefore, directed that all the courts in the state be shutdown.

He emphasised that the directive is to take effect from today and will last a period of 10 days.

  The governor also advised all the judiciary officials and their family members to undergo COVID-19 tests within the period.

  He appealed to all residents of the state to be vigilant and make sure that they continue to comply with the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

  The first death in Ebonyi was among the six new COVID-19 fatalities announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on yesterday.

In its latest update on the outbreak, the health agency announced a record of  745, the highest figure of COVID-19 cases to be reported in a single day.

It will be recalled that Ebonyi State Governor had come under heavy criticism from Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Disapora (AESID), a non-governmental organisation for ordering the arrest of former Commissioner for Information in the state, Abia Onyike, for coming into Ebonyi from unspecified destination.

  Irked by that act, the group issued a statement condemning  the governor’s action.

  “We are deeply saddened that Governor Umahi who made the order while giving an update on COVID-19 in the state at the Government House, Abakaliki, has continued to flourish on his anti-democratic credentials. 

  The crime of Chief Onyike, according to the governor, is the claim that he came into Ebonyi from an ‘unknown destination’ and allegedly violated the COVID-19 lockdown rules in the state by not quarantining himself.” Part of the statement reads.

  The report said that he was consequently barred from entering his Edda village in (Afikpo South LGA) by the anti-COVID-19 task force causing him to return to the state capital.

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