The Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has approved the extension the state-wide lockdown by seven days to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
This extension in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem made available to ABN TV, will take effect from Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
The state government said the extension is necessary to confirm that the state is indeed free of the virus, explaining that the normal incubation period for the virus is 14 days.
The governor also expressed regret over the inconveniences and hardship the people face over the lockdown, saying it is for the betterment of the people of the State.
“Government is aware of the hardship and inconvenience this situation has brought upon our people. But it is better to live with temporary inconvenience than to expose ourselves to this disease in search of comfort.
“The NCDC is still tracking over 2000 suspected cases across the country. While these persons are not from Abia, this is a time that calls for extra vigilance.
“Within this period, Government will continue to distribute some food items, sanitizers and face masks which commenced officially today”.
He also urged the various bodies in charge of the enforcement of the lockdown to continue to ensure that no chances are left for the disease to be imported into the state.
“Government hereby directs all the various enforcement teams at the State and Local Government levels as well as all security agencies to continue the enforcement of the directives on lockdown at the borders, markets, Transport operators, Religious Groups and all forms of public gathering.
“Transition Committee Chairmen of Local Government Areas and Security Operatives are directed to remain vigilant.