BY MARY KUYE
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has in a state-wide broadcast on Tuesday declared the extension of the COVID-19 lockdown in Delta state by another 14 days as part of intensified efforts to contain the spread of the disease.
Okowa also imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew across the state, beginning from Wednesday, April 15.
He explained that the two weeks extension of the stay-at-home order was to enable officials to track, identify, isolate and test all who have had contact with the three confirmed cases in the state.
He said: “I hereby extend the stay-at-home order for a period of two weeks. It is for the public good and for the interest of our health. And I want to urge all Deltans to please observe the stay-at-home order.”
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Delta state did record its first case a week ago. Two others, one of which died, were subsequently recorded in Warri and Asaba, the state’s capital.
He said that food markets will open only three days, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, in a week. Sellers of toiletries and other essential home needs are to commence sales like the foodstuffs vendors.
”Other existing orders, including shut down of malls, worship centres, offices, remain unchanged,” he said.