The government of Abia state has announced that the current lockdown it imposed on the state for the past two weeks has been extended indefinitely, saying that it is part of the measures adopted to stop the dreaded COVID-19 spread.
This was announced by the state commissioner for information, John Okiyi Kalu, in Umuahia saying that it is part of the outcome of the deliberation of the COVID-19 inter-ministerial committee.
The statement reads, “Following the advice of medical experts and a painstaking review of the coronavirus situation with the state COVID-19 Inter-Ministerial Committee and in our continued determination to protect Abians from the pandemic while also ensuring that the effect of preventive measures on our people is alleviated, Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed that: “The statewide lockdown is hereby extended from Monday, April 20, 2020. The window of two days, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2020, is for our people to restock while the total lockdown resumes on Monday, April 20, 2020″.
“Abians are expected to use the two-day restocking window to acquire face masks as it is now compulsory to wear face masks before leaving home, while the closure of our borders is still in place. Further directives have been given to those manning the borders to ensure tighter measures are put in place”.
“The Governor thanks all Abians and residents in the State for their support and cooperation so far and appeals to them for their continued understanding on this latest arrangement as every effort is deployed by government to ensure the prevention, management and control of the pandemic and protect our people from its scourge”.