Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Ayade declares no mask, no movement in C'River as Akwa Ibom records 5 cases of COVID-19

The governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade has declared a total lock down in the state with a No-Mask-No-Movement order issued today 1st April 2020 as neighboring Akwa Ibom State records 5 cases of coronavirus. 

According to the  National Center for Disease Control, NCDC, the 5 new cases recorded in Akwa Ibom State brings the total number of registered cases in Nigeria to 174 in 12 states of federation and the FCT. 

In a press statement signed by Mr. Christian Ita, Special Adviser
Media and Publicity to the Governor of Cross River State, no resident is expected to leave his/her house beginning from Friday, without a face mask or risk being arrested and quarantined for 14 days. 

The statement reads as follows: 

No nose mask, no movement in Cross River- says Ayade 

Following the proliferation of new cases of coronavirus in neighboring states, the Cross River state governor, Sir Ben Ayade has imposed new restrictions on residents of the state as follows:

1. No citizen or resident of the state will be allowed to leave home without a face mask from Friday 3rd, April 2020. 

2. Failure to adhere to this directive will lead to the arrest and quarantine of the offenders for 14 days.

3. The Cross River State garment factory has been mandated to produce face masks to be distributed free to citizens and residents alike to meet with the demand. 

4. Those who for one reason or the other are unable to get masks from government before the new restrictions kick in, are advised to purchase theirs from shops selling the item.

5. All public gatherings remain banned,  markets should remain closed except where foodstuff is sold.

6. All exit and entry points into the state are now completely shut. No human or vehicular movement will be allowed into the state under any disguise. 

Christian Ita
Special Adviser
Media and Publicity to Governor.

In separate conversations with the Commissioner for Health Dr. Betta Edu and th Director General of the state's Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, they both reiterated that the state has no case of Coronavirus. Stating that although there's a suspected case in the isolation center but her result is yet to be out before it could be confirmed a case. 
Dr. Janet informed that they are symptoms of virus but those symptoms are also peculiar to other sicknesses, so the only way to ascertain her true state is by testing her samples. 

"her samples have been collected and sent for test, we are still waiting for the result, as soon as the results are our, we will let you know the position of things." Dr. Ekpenyong concluded.