Ebonyi State Government on Thursday night ordered the immediate closure of all schools in the state following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Ugballa said all schools in the state are to close dose down by 12 pm on Friday March 20.
“I am directed by the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Nweze Umahi, to request all private and public schools from nursery and primary schools, Secondary and tertiary institutions to round up and close down their school activities by twelve noon of 20th March, 2020.
“Government is by this announcement directs all security agencies to ensure that all private and public schools are immediately closed down in line with this directives,” the statement read.
The government further banned any gathering of more than 50 persons in the state worship centers.
“All the night clubs and other night activities are by this announcement closed down. Every gathering of more than 50 persons in our religious worship centers are hereby prohibited”.
“All markets and religious centers must deploy a strategy of hand sanitizers and deploy other temperature checks at their entry and exit places,” it added.
“State government shall also start on Monday the 23rd of March, to do stop and test to all people entering Ebonyi State as a way of safe guarding our people”.
The statement directed the immediate deployment of all health officers to all markets, rice mills, quarry, banks and other public event management centers to carry out test on people randomly.
The state government said house to house test on all residents using 150 infrared thermometer devices will commence immediately.
“Government of Ebonyi State have proactively built a testing and quarantine centers at Unity square and the border between Enugu and Ebonyi and shall build more at all the exit and entering points of Ebonyi State as a way of ensuring that the health of everybody entering or exiting Ebonyi State is ascertained”
“Ebonyians are advised against hand shaking and hogging, eating of animals to have been identified as means of contacting the virus should be avoided as a way of protecting themselves”.
“Coronavirus/Lassa fever scotches are realities in Nigeria and all these are measures taken in Ebonyi state to protect Ebonyians. Ebonyi State Government strongly advised for self-isolation/quarantine for all those coming from outside the Country”.
“Prevention is better than cure hence the Government of Ebonyi State has charged everyone to keep his or her environment clean and those that keep pets should be mindful on how they touch the animals as you wash your hands regularly”, the statement added.
Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 has been recorded in about 140 countries in the world and more than 200, 000 persons have been infected across the globe with thousands dead.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 11, 2020, declared Covid-19 a pandemic and since then, the spread has worsened and more deaths have occurred.
The advent of the disease has also led to countries locking in millions of their citizens, closing social spaces, locking down entire regions and shutting their doors against travellers from other countries.
Nigeria has a total number of 12 cases in Nigeria, although authorities say one of the victims has fully recovered.