COVID-19: Enugu Govt. orders closure of borders, markets

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu state, South-East Nigeria.

The Enugu State Government, South-East Nigeria, has ordered the closure of all land borders and inter-state transportation as well as markets in the state with effect from March 31, as it records its first two cases of the COVID-19.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof Simon Ortuanya, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Enugu, the state capital.

According to the statement, the state government ordered the closure of all markets in the state irrespective of the size till further notice with effect from 6pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Categories exempted from the shutdown include those dealing on food items, water, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.

Others exempted are basic items of domestic need who must comply with the standard protocol as stipulated by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) including hand washing, use of sanitizer and social distancing.

It directed all local government chairmen to ensure strict compliance with the closure of markets within their respective local councils without prejudice to the exceptions.

The government appealed for understanding from residents of the state “at this difficult time as no sacrifice is too much to save the lives of the people”.

The statement directed security agencies and the state Medical Response Team to enforce all directives as stated.

Amaka E. Nliam