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Coronavirus: Fintiri Locks Down Adamawa Over Index Case




The Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, has locked down the state for two weeks.

The lockdown was declared two days after the state recorded an index case of Coronavirus, and the lockdown was declared as a measure to curtail the spread of the virus.

The Governor in a statement through the Director-General in charge of Media and Communications, Solomon Kumangar, said, “The Adamawa State Government has imposed a lockdown throughout the state for another period of 14 days with effect from midnight of Friday, April 24, 2020, and to end on Friday midnight of 8 May 2020.”

“Painful as the decision is, it is the aftermath of the first COVID-19 index case recorded in the state through a returnee from Kano.”

“The Adamawa State Government is, therefore, left with no option than to go for lockdown in the overall interest of saving lives and to contain the spread.”

According to the statement, the government “has commenced contacts tracing and testing, which will be followed by isolation and treatment of positive cases.”

According to the statement released by the Governor, movement and gatherings are prohibited, except for those on essential duty such as security, Media, health and water board personnel, pharmaceuticals and those selling food items, while financial institutions like banks will operate skeletal services.

It said a mobile court would be set up to prosecute offenders.