To curtail the spread of the Corona Virus pandemic, all land borders into and out of Delta state are to be shut effective 6am, Sunday, March 29, 2020 and all businesses-malls, supermarkets, markets and shops -are to close from Wednesday, April 1.
This was announced in a state broadcast by the Delta State Governor, IFEANYI OKOWA this morning.
According to the Governor, although there has been no confirmed case in Delta state, the government is determined to take further measures to avert any outbreak or contain its spread if it occurs.
After meeting with the Central Committee on Managing/Containing the Coronavirus, the Governor ordered Asaba airport to be closed to traffic effective from Friday, March 27, 2020 by 6pm.
Food sellers are to conduct their businesses within the precinct of their homes and are required to strictly adhere to the social distancing rules.
Deltans are advised that there will be increased security presence on the streets and land borders to ensure strict compliance with these directives.
According to the directive, these restrictions are for two weeks in the first instance but do not apply to persons providing essential services namely;
Healthcare (Pharmacies are to remain open)
Essential Departments of Media Houses
Essential Departments of Telecommunications companies.
Officials of these agencies/companies must carry valid identification tags to ensure easy identification and smooth passage.
The Governor urged all Deltans to adjust and cooperate with the Government and law enforcement agencies saying “drastic as these measures may seem, they are for our collective good. At the same time, we must keep on praying to God to save us from the seismic effects of this global pandemic.”.