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Umahi bans movement of cattle in Ebonyi

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Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has banned movements of cattle in the state capital, Abakaliki, and its environs with immediate effect.

Umahi made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abakaliki during a statewide broadcast.

“I have told relevant security agencies in the state that I will no longer tolerate seeing cows within the centenary city and its environs such as the international market and new shopping mall among others.

“It is an insult for me to be struggling to enter the Government House with cows on the road,” he said.

The governor directed the state Attorney General to get a court order to auction cows seen within these vicinities.

Umahi also said that the state would not allow movement of Quranic pupils, Almajiri, to the state as the governors of the northern states had directed that such persons should be returned to their respective states.

“We will not allow Almajiris in Ebonyi and we have to tell ourselves the truth as a people,” he said.

The governor, however, lamented that 90 percent of the 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases were individuals who sold phone accessories in Lagos.

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He noted that such individuals could still engage in such business in the state instead of doing so outside.

Umahi said that the victims were exposed to the deadly disease while engaging in such business in Lagos and advised youths to embark on such businesses in the state.

“We offered N250, 000 each to about 1, 000 youths in Lagos to establish businesses as such returnees should presently liaise with the commissioner for agriculture to get something they can do here.

“Most of the cases are from Izzi Local Government Area (LGA) as the Speaker of the state House Assembly, the indigence of the area, must watch the situation,” he said.

He described the 13 confirmed cases in the state as ‘shocking and surprising’ and advised the people to shun social media reports that the disease was not real.

“People are peddling false information on social media that the disease is not real but people are using it to make money.

“People can actually use the situation to make money but it does not foreclose the fact that the disease is real.

“People must know that all the confirmed cases in Ebonyi showed no symptoms but were detected through massive testing of the people.

“Individuals can carry on with their businesses infecting others and because the symptoms do not show, they say there is no COVID-19 in their areas or the state,” he said.

Umahi commended President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors for the manner they had handled the pandemic, urging Nigerians to continue observing laid down precautionary measures.

“When the lockdown was on, cases were recorded in trickles but presently that it has been relaxed, cases are increasing in a surprising manner.

“I expect another serious lockdown if the cases continue to increase but it has to be with public consensus for us to defeat the monster,” he said.

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Firm donates N2m medical supplies to Kwara Govt

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A firm, Stefolga, on Tuesday in Ilorin donated the first batch of N2 million worth of Doctors Scrubs and Patient Gowns to the Kwara COVID-19 Technical Committee.

The company’s MD/CEO, Chief Femi Sanni, said the donation was its token contribution towards the excellent work the state government was doing in the fight against the global pandemic of COVID-19, particularly through the Technical Committee headed by the deputy governor.

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Sanni expressed hope that the materials donated would go a little way in adding to the great investment of the state in the health sector.

Reports that Stefolga is the country’s leading supplier of specialty vehicles such as Mobile Health Exam Clinics, Mobile Dental offices, and Mobile Tax Offices, among others.

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They are headquartered in Abuja with offices in Canada and partners in the USA, Turkey, and Kenya.

According to Sanni, who is a native of Ilorin, plans are at an advanced stage for the establishment of a Stefolga Specialty Vehicle Assembly plant with the company’s partners in Kwara.

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Wuhan authorities say they tested 9.9m people for COVID-19

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Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan said they had tested almost 10 million people for COVID-19 over 19 days and found 300 asymptomatic infections, state media reported on Tuesday.

The people found with asymptomatic infections were isolated, and 1,174 of their close contacts were put under observation, the state-run newspaper People’s Daily said.

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No confirmed coronavirus cases were found during the testing period, which ended on Monday, the paper said.

Chinese authorities categorise as confirmed coronavirus cases patients who have both tested positive and shown symptoms such as a cough and fever.

Authorities in Wuhan, where the coronavirus first broke out in December, pledged to test all of the city’s 11 million residents starting on May 14.

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The mass testing was intended to assuage public concerns after a cluster of six new cases were reported in the city following 35 days of no new reported infections.

Authorities used sample pooling, in which they collected individual samples but processed up to 10 of them together in a single nucleic-acid test.

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The same method has been used in the United States and Germany to track coronavirus cases albeit on a smaller scale.

China on Tuesday said it was monitoring 73 active coronavirus cases across the country, including five new infections identified over the previous day among travellers returning from abroad.

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COVID-19: FG bans street trading, hawking

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), had approved the relaxation of restriction placed on churches and mosques starting from Tuesday.

The Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this at the PTF press briefing in Abuja, said the reopening of churches and mosques would be based on guidelines issued by the task force and protocols agreed on by states.

But the Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, noted that while markets would be opened and artisans could run their business, street hawking was prohibited.

He said,

In terms of general movements, persons may go out for work, go out to buy necessary foods and for exercise, provided they abide by the curfew hours. Movement between local government areas is strongly discouraged unless for critical reasons such as health care and work.

“I will like to emphasise that it is still safer to stay at home and avoid crowds. The pandemic is not over in this country and the relaxation of some of the rules does not mean that it is safer to go out. If you do not need to go out, please continue to stay at home.

“Hawking and street trading is also prohibited and we will be looking into this in greater detail with state authorities.”

“With interstate travels, movement across state boundaries remains restricted other than the free movement of goods and essential travels. Security services are requested to please cooperate with members of the public and ensure that goods are provided with free passage, as this particular phase is directed at ensuring the economy starts moving again.

“With intrastate travel, we will implement new travel processes for areas of the country with high-burden local government areas, and this will be restricted to essential travels.”

The task force coordinator listed the new guidelines for reopening of offices in the public and private sectors.

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He said,

“For the industry and labour sectors, in terms of working hours, normal working hours will apply to offices other than government offices, provided this is kept within (outside) the curfew hours of 10pm to 4am. Offices are to maintain working at 75 per cent capacity while maintaining the two-metre physical distancing.

“For government offices, they can open between the hours of 9am and 2pm. So, no changes in opening hours but can work from Monday to Friday. Prior to this, we allowed three working days. However, all persons within the Grade Levels of 14 and above at both the federal and state governments will be allowed to come to work.”

 

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