By ANDREW AJIJAH:
The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has announced the continuation of total lockdown to further curtail spread of covid-19 disease in the state.
A Statement from the Director of Press and public affairs, Dr. Mukut Simon Macham on Sunday warned that Plateau citizens who violate the lockdown order shall arrested and meant to face full wrath of the law.
“The Plateau State Government wishes to remind citizens that the total lockdown of the State as a result of the Corona Virus Pandemic resumes midnight Sunday 26th April 2020 after the three day window, as announced by Governor Simon Bako Lalong in a State broadcast on 23rd April.”
The governor’s spokesperson emphasised that “to this effect, all citizens are enjoined to abide by all provisions of the lockdown as violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the governor had cautioned citizens to be weary of unfamiliar persons around them, and observe all health tips accords them.
Below is the said press statement, reads in parts:- “the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday 23rd April 2020 released its daily COVID-19 Case Update which confirmed the first index case in Plateau State.
According to the Commissioner of Health Dr. Ninkong Lar Ndam, the COVID-19 test was conducted on one suspected person that came into Jos from Kano on 17th April 2020 and has been on quarantine since arrival.
Upon exhibiting symptoms, nasal and oropharyngeal swab was taken and sent to NVRI Vom Laboratory for COVID-19 testing.
It actress that sadly, the result which was released on Thursday, 23rd April 2020 returned positive thereby making the patient the State index case.
The patient has since been isolated and is stable and good medical condition.
The State Surveillance Team has immediately commenced contact tracing to investigate the case further and institute other Public Health measures to curb the spread of the disease in the State.
Governor Lalong has also implored the public not to panic, but to continue to imbibe good personal and respiratory hygiene, social distancing and avoid crowded places as well as stay at home.
He has equally called on the citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious case while assisting the Government to enforce the border closure directive which is one of the key steps adopted in curbing the disease.