Obiano relaxes lockdown within Anambra state, emphasizes strict compliance with hygiene protocol


Ikenna Aniagboso

Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano, today, April 25, 2020, announced the relaxation of the lockdown in the state.

The Governor announced this during a special broadcast to bring ndi Anambra up to speed on the covid-19 pandemic.

Following the result of the 36 contacts of Anambra’s covid-19 index case which returned negative from NCDC test centre, Irua, Edo state and the fact that the index case has been discharged and reunited with his family, “we were encouraged to make some adjustments to our strategy against the pandemic”, Gov Obiano said.

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So far, a total of 68 samples have been taken from Anambra state, but only one – the index case, returned positive.

As a result, Gov Obiano announced the immediate opening of all food markets, restaurants and pubs in Anambra state. He also announced that churches and all religious organisations can hold services except night vigils and crusades which remain suspended.

The Governor however cautioned that all hygiene protocols established by government, NCDC and World Health Organisation (WHO) must be observed strictly. He emphasized the need for social distancing and maintained that the compulsory wearing of face masks in the state will be enforced.

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He added that major markets will remain shut while he deliberates with market leaders on the way forward. Meanwhile intra state movement resumes, but all state boundaries remain closed.

The Gov expressed gratitude to medical experts and all who worked tirelessly to ensure the effective management and prevention of further spread of covid-19 in the state. He also thanked those who supported the state with financial and material donations.

To ndi Anambra, the Governor extended profound gratitude for complying with government’s directives. He urged them to observe the hygiene protocols and keep hope alive.

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“Let’s keep fighting together, praying together and looking out for one another. We shall be winners in the end”, he concluded.

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