COVID-19: Yahaya Bello bows to pressure…. locks down Kogi for 14 days

Yahaya Bello

The Kogi State Government has announced a total lockdown of Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area for 14 days.

In a statement signed by Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, on Monday, the state govt. said this is necessitated by the “alleged and controversial COVID-19 index case”.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had last week confirmed two cases of coronavirus in the ‘Confluence State’.

However, the Yahaya Bello-led administration countered NCDC, stating that the state is free from the virus.

With the pressure of potential community spread mounting, the state govt. appears to have succumbed, restricting movement in the LGA of the index patient whose family had already acknowledged to testing positive.

“Following the alleged and controversial COVID-19 index case in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello in a state broadcast on Monday, 1st of June, 2020, has Ordered 14 days Total Lockdown of Kabba-Bunu LGA of the State effective from 12 midnight June 2nd,” the statement reads.

” During The Lockdown, there shall be no house to house movement within the local government area

“Street movement is completely prohibited within the local government area for the period. Palliative should be distributed house to house within the local government area.

“Contact tracing should be carried out house to house to identify those who might have made contact with the alleged Kogi COVID-19 index persons; the Chief Imam of Kabba and his Son within the local government area

“The Kogi State incident management team should continue to thoroughly carry out the contact tracing. The contact tracing and enforcement of the lockdown order shall be fully covered by the mainstream media.

“Health workers who might have made contact with the alleged index case should proceed on self-isolation. All security agencies in the state are to enforce total compliance with the lockdown the order.

“All citizens and residents of the state should continue to adhere to the NCDC guideline as the state still remain COVID-19 free.”

Nigeria crossed the 10,000 marks for positive cases on Sunday night according to the NCDC.

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