Obiano orders full blown curfew, silent over lockdown


Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has ordered total restriction of vehicular and human traffic into the state from 8pm to 6pm.

He said every movement into the state, including those carrying essential goods and services must wait till the next morning.

Obiano in a Special Broadcast on Covid-19, confirmed the new case of the Covid-19, but urged the people of the state to remain calm that there was need to worry.

He however was silent over plans for another lockdown in the state, THE DAILY VENDOR reports.

“The nationwide curfew must be strictly observed in Anambra State. From now on, there will be no vehicular and human traffic into Anambra State from 8pm to 6am. This includes essential goods and services. Every movement into Anambra State must wait until the next morning,”he said.

The governor regretted that the new case was able to sneak back into the State after a trip to Kano, despite our efforts to tighten security at the boundaries.

“As you would have heard from the media, our beloved state recorded a new case of Covid-19 yesterday. The new case returned from Kano on the 6th of May after a short business trip. It is saddening that despite our efforts to tighten security at the boundaries, this new case was able to sneak back into Anambra State after a trip to Kano.

“He is currently receiving attention in one of our Protective Care Centers. His residence has been sealed off and we have commenced aggressive contact tracing to minimize the wave of community spread that might arise from this case.

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“Ndi Anambra, I urge you to be calm as Covid-19 Task Force is on top of the situation to ensure that this threat is quickly contained.

Obiano further revealed that a special training for professionals who would work in the laboratories was ongoing in readiness for the inauguration of the laboratories.

He added, “We are making gradual progress in our efforts to bring Covid-19 testing closer to our people. We have received assurances that the two laboratories that had been earmarked for approval shall be approved to operate fully as Covid-19 Testing Centers from next week.

“We have commenced aggressive case search in the 179 communities of Anambra State. This will help us ramp up the numbers in terms of testing and ensure immediate containment of any possible outbreak.

“We are also hopeful that when our laboratories become fully operational, we shall be able to conduct more tests.

“God has been on our side. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, we have had only two positive cases in Anambra State.

“We have made adequate arrangements for the containment of the pandemic. There is therefore no need for panic. I urge you to go about your business lawfully and in strict compliance to the protocols of Covid-19.

“These include regular washing of hands, the wearing of face-masks when stepping out, regular use of hand sanitizers and adherence to the principles of social distancing. I am sure that once we keep to these principles it shall be well with Anambra State.”

On the influx of persons into the State, Obiano assured of steady monitoring of developments across the country.

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“We are aware of the mass movement of young people in groups from most of the epicenters of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. As the Chief Security Officer of Anambra State, I have a responsibility to protect my people from avoidable threats to public health.

“Consequently, we have directed the security agencies to ensure that movement into Anambra State by individuals and groups shall no longer be allowed. We are determined to enforce the federal order restricting movement between states across the country,” he added.

The governor however reiterated that the fight against Covid-19 was a collective responsibility, saying that, “If we take full responsibility and conduct ourselves according to the guidelines prescribed by the WHO and NCDC on Covid-19, we shall win this war.”

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