Edo orders lockdown as Obaseki tests negative for coronavirus

Determined to checkmate the spread of the coronavirus, the Edo State Government has directed the security agencies to enforce full compliance of stay at home order.

Coming on the heels of the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Frank Okiye who tested positive for the deadly pandemic and results of the coronavirus test of Governor Godwin Obaseki which proved negative, the deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, said the partial compliance to the order to lock up stores that do not sell essential commodities was not acceptable to the government.

Shaibu who spoke with journalists in Benin yesterday charged security agencies to move swiftly to ensure full compliance while all the roads and streets will be fumigated by the government.

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The deputy governor disclosed that the state COVID-19 Response Committee met with the executive of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to direct their members to maintain social distancing policy by ensuring that no seat takes more than two passengers at a time with the front seat taking only one passenger.

According to him, all transport operators are mandated to ensure correct information on manifest of travellers which must be made available on request by government officials for contract tracing

Shaibu remarked that the committee also addressed hoteliers, urging them to all safety precautions while dealing with clients who will be asked to state details of their travel history.

“We also asked medical practitioners to always prepared to respond to emergencies while private Medical practitioners are to support government’s efforts just as the state government and private medical centres would work together to develop a uniform protocol to attend to patients

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie said Governor Obaseki who tested negative for coronavirus has however decided to remain in self-isolation.

He said: “I can confirm that the governor tested negative for coronavirus when he ran the rapid diagnostic test for the virus. However, we are currently awaiting the result of a more conclusive PCR test.”

“In the meantime, the governor has decided to continue to work in self-solation and he is asymptomatic.”


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