Borno State Governor Umara Zulum on Monday ordered a lockdown of the state in a bid to contain the ravaging Coronavirus Pandemic in the state.
In a statewide broadcast, Zulum said: “In the exercise of the powers conferred on me, I have signed an executive order, declaring Covid-19 a dangerous disease. For this, I am hereby directing a lockdown that will require cessation of all movements in Borno State for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 10:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd of April, 2020. All citizens in Borno State are to stay in their homes. This means all public gatherings are restricted while offices and businesses in Borno State are to be fully closed during this period. Security and intelligence agencies have been briefed for enforcement.
Government will use this period of restriction to accelerate the tracing and isolation of persons who have been in contact with the index case.
However, the State Committee on the Control and Prevention of COVID -19 has identified 97 people who had contact with the dead index case.
Committee Chairman Alhaji Umar Kadafur, who is the deputy governor, said this at a news briefing in Maiduguri.
He said the idea was to mop