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COVID-19: Ortom Imposes Curfew in Benue, Closes inter-State Boundaries

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew with effect from Monday, March 30, 2020 across the state as part of measures to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus.

Those on essential services will however, not be affected by the restriction order.

Ortom announced the measures during a live broadcast to people of the state Sunday evening. He said all routes linking the Food Basket State with other states will be closed on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Also, he said commercial vehicles coming in and those going out of the state, as well as those moving from one local government to another must produce manifest of their passengers for proper tracking of contacts in case of any incidence.

In addition to the curfew and closure of boundaries, the Governor reiterated the ban on markets with effect from Monday and public gatherings of all sorts, urging the people to cooperate in the interest of all.

 

Other measures as announced by the Governor include ban on all night clubs, bars and restaurants which would only render takeaway services, conveyance of limited number of people by town service buses and tricycles with the use of hand sanitizers by passengers at all times. 

He announced other proactive steps towards preventing the spread of the disease to include social distancing, regular washing of hands with soap and running water, use of hand sanitizers, coughing or sneezing in a bent elbow and wearing of face masks as well as other preventive measures.

While charging people of the state to become information officers in sanitizing the public on preventive measures against the deadly Coronavirus, the Governor also urged those who had contact with the first index case to come out for testing as early detection and treatment could help in saving lives.

He announced emergency help lines to the response team to include the following telephone numbers: 07025031214, 09018602439, 07037449837 and 08033696511 through which the public could call to report suspected cases or seek help from relevant authorities.

Governor Ortom stated that government had already released N76 million naira to the State Action Committee on COVID- 19 and a Hilux vehicle to facilitate its operations, stressing that six ambulances had also been provided to attend to any suspected cases across the three senatorial zones of the state.

The Governor who acknowledged the fact that some of the drastic measures taken by his administration were painful, they were necessary sacrifices meant to prevent loss of lives due to the global pandemic. 

He implored Benue people to also seek the face of God through fasting and prayers, saying God works in wonderful ways and would also salvage the situation.

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