By Deborah Mustapha
The Niger State Government has announced workers to resume today, April 6 and relaxed curfew imposed on the state to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
This was said on Sunday by Mary Noel Berje, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sani Bello.
She stressed that civil servants on Grade Level 1-12 are to resume work on Monday 6th April 2020 from 8 am to 2 pm.
“However, intra and Interstate movement of people and vehicles across the state still remain banned. All entry points to the state remain closed except those on essential services”, she added.
“Markets to open from 8 am to 2 pm. Marketers to adhere strictly to the precautionary measures of the Ministry of Health.
“Local government areas that share a common border with neighbouring states to ensure effective monitoring of people and vehicles coming into the local government areas.”
Similarly, citizens who fail to comply with the restriction of movement and other directives shall pay fine or imprisonment.
The Secretary to the State Government, SSG and Chairman State Action Committee on COVID-19, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, explained that this followed the gross disrespect for government appeals.
“Markets are open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm to enable people to buy foodstuffs and other essentials”, he said
Informatively, Covid-19 is a deadly infectious virus that causes respiratory illness (like the Flu) with symptoms such as cough, fever and in more severe cases, difficulty in breathing. One can protect oneself by washing hands frequently, avoiding touching one’s face and close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
In addition, it can spread primarily via contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. Also spread when one touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.