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BREAKING: COVID-19: Fayemi extends lockdown in Ekiti for another 14 days

Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday, April 13, has extended the lockdown order in Ekiti for another 14 days as well imposed 12-hour dusk-to-dawn curfew until Monday, April 27.

Fayemi had, on March 29, ordered the lockdown for an initial period of 14 days to tackle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

As of that day, Ekiti had 2 COVID-19 cases with one death, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

But as of Sunday night, Coronavirus cases in Nigeria had increased to 323 with 10 deaths in the country after fresh 5 cases were recorded in the country. The cases were recorded in 19 states and the FCT.

While 85 patients had been discharged, ten had died as of Sunday night.

Lagos, FCT and Osun had the highest number of cases at 176, 56 and 20 respectively. Edo had 12, Oyo (11), Ogun (7), Bauchi (6), Kaduna (6), Akwa Ibom (5), Katsina (5) and Kwara (4), Delta (3).

Enugu, Ekiti, Rivers and Ondo had two cases each.

Benue, Niger, Anambra, Kano had one case each.

Meanwhile, Governor Kayode Fayemi has announced another 14-day total shut down of the state and as well imposed 12-hour dusk-to-dawn curfew until Monday, April 27.

The governor said this was to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

He said, “It is in urgent public interest that we must ensure strict compliance with all directives given to prevent community spreading of the disease.

“Therefore, in our collective interest and to further ensure the safety of Ekiti-kete, having declared Coronavirus an infectious disease in Ekiti State, I hereby, in pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) impose a curfew of movement in Ekiti State.

“The purpose of this curfew is to impose restrictions on the movement of persons and goods within Ekiti State for anotherl period of fourteen days. This is in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Ekiti State.”

The governor also shut all borders, urging Nigerians to remain in their state of residence.

“All boundaries of Ekiti State are closed during this period, except for transportation of fuel, food and drugs and other essential goods.

“All non-residents who arrive the State prior to, or after, the imposition of this restriction, and who remain in the State, must remain in their place of temporary residence in the State for the duration of another 14 days, as the case may be, and may be subjected to screening for COVID-19 and be quarantined or isolated if necessary,” he added.

He expressed disappointment with the lukewarm, nonchalant or downright defiance of some residents in observing compliance with the preventive actions to protect themselves from infection and curtail the spread of the virus in their communities.

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