The Borno State Government has announced a 14 day lockdown just after 3 cases of Coronavirus was confirmed in the state.
Governor Umara Zulum made the announcement in a statewide broadcast and he said it will take off from 10:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd of April, 2020.
Residents of the state have been enjoined to observe the lockdown, as public gatherings are restricted while offices and businesses in Borno State are to be fully closed during this period.
In the exercise of the powers conferred on me, I have signed an executive order, declaring Covid-19 a dangerous disease. For this, I am hereby directing a lockdown that will require cessation of all movements in Borno State for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 10:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd of April, 2020. All citizens in Borno State are to stay in their homes. This means all public gatherings are restricted while offices and businesses in Borno State are to be fully closed during this period. Security and intelligence agencies have been briefed for enforcement.
Government will use this period of restriction to accelerate the tracing and isolation of persons who have been in contact with the index case.
This is coming after the state’s Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Committee on the Control and Prevention of COVID -19, Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed that they have identified 97 people who had contact with the dead index case.