Anambra State Government has announced the dates for the closure of primary and secondary schools. It was gathered that the state also planned to close down the popular international market over the possibility of contracting and spreading of the coronavirus.
It said all higher institutions will be closed from March 22 while other schools will all be shut on 27th March until further notice to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
Governor Willie Obiano further mandated that all public gatherings in the state be banned.
These were contained in a document obtained on Thursday in Awka from the state government.
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The Nation reports that the popular market in Onitsha would be closed next week to avoid international traders coming into the state.
The statement explained: “Students of Anambra tertiary institutions must proceed on vacation effective 20th of March 2020 until further notice.
“All inter-house sports competitions are hereby suspended until further notice.
“The management of all schools in the state must provide handwash stations at the entrance of all schools before then.
“Management of all schools must on arrival at school, take the temperature of their day students. Temperatures above 37.9 degrees Celsius must be reported to the nearest hospital.
“All primary and secondary schools in Anambra State must go on indefinite vacation effective 27th March 2020.
“All residents in Anambra state are advised to avoid handshaking, hugging and all other forms of contact salutation.
“All residents returning from countries and states with active COVID-19 cases must self-isolate for 14-days and contact the Anambra state Public Health Emergency Operation Center immediately (PHEOC).”
President, Anambra Market Women Association, Mrs Nkiru Duru, advised mothers to stuff their homes with foodstuff for children not to suffer as a result of the present trial moment
Duru spoke in Awka following the planned closure of the markets by the state government next week.
She described the planned market closure as a welcome development, as markets were the easiest ways of contacting the dreaded coronavirus.