COVID-19: Gov. Sule announces 10-day lockdown extension in Karu

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State extended by 10 days, the 24-hour curfew imposed on Karu Local Government Area (LGA) as part of measures to the spread of COVID-19.

Sule made the announcement on Thursday in Lafia, while updating newsmen on the state government measures  to   spread of the virus.

According to the governor, the extension  became necessary the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in Abuja and its proximity to Nasarawa.

The Governor said: “ the expiration of the two weeks initial 24 hours curfew, the government decided to extent it by 10 days after carefully studying situations.”

He, however, said  that the curfew would be relaxed  between 10am to 2pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays to allow residents purchase food items from markets around neighbourhood.

Sule further explained that  the restriction of movement from 8pm to 6am in other LGAs across the state is still in force.

The governor said that mobile Courts have been activated in various locations in the state to prosecute violators of the lockdown and movement  restriction directives.

He said that worship centres, hotels, event centres, clubs, markets and  shops would  remain except those selling food and pharmaceutical products.

Sule explained  that medical personnel would screen travellers at boarder towns and various checkpoints to ascertain status.

He directed security agencies to arrest children found begging on the streets and hand them to the social welfare department of the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development for sanction.

On palliative to cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown, Sule said  the state government had distributed over 15,600 bags of rice to the needy across the 13 LGAs.

He added that more palliative materials were underway for the people with support from the private sector.

“We have gotten support of more from the organised private sector and would soon arrive from Lagos and more people would be included.

“We also have medical equipments that would soon arrive the state for our isolation centres,” Sule added.

He, therefore, urged the people to maintain , observe personal hygiene, wash hands with and soup to curtail spread of the virus.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that Gov Sule had proclaimed an initial 14-day  lockdown in Karu LGA, effective from April 2, to April 16.  (NAN) q