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COVID-19: Abia bans burials, weddings

From Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia

No burial or wedding ceremonies in Abia State should have more than 30 guests in attendance, the Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, said on Wednesday.

Ikpeazu in a statement by the Commissioner of Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu also banned religious activities in the state with more than 50 persons in attendance in the next one month.

The governor while banning all night club activities equally directed all hotels and hospitality establishments in the state to screen guests/staff and provide hand sanitisers before they are lodged or allowed access to the facility, adding that suspicious guests are to be reported immediately with full personal details and contact information to the appropriate authority.

Okiyi-Kalu who disclosed that the actions of the governor was based on the measures proposed by the Abia state inter-ministerial committee on Coronavirus further stated that the governor has approved that all MDAs, parastatals and LGA offices in the state are to operate at a maximum of 20% staff strength, from Monday, March 30, until further notice.

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“Henceforth, all tricycles (Keke) operators in the state should carry only a maximum of 2 passengers per time and they must sit at the back with only the rider in front.”

“Mini buses popularly called “Oke Bekee” are to carry only 5 passengers per time while 14-seater buses are to carry only a maximum of 5 passengers per time with none in front except the driver.

“All inter-state bus parks or terminals must procure and deploy digital thermometers for screening of inbound and outbound passengers as well as provide hand sanitizers and hand washing materials for use by all staff and passengers or risk immediate closure.

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“All residents of the state are strongly advised to practice social distancing by sitting/standing a minimum of 1.5m apart while discussing with each other, maintain good hygiene practices and general environmental awareness.

“All Abians, visitors, and residents are advised to call the Abia Tele-Health Center via 0700 ABIA DOC or 0700 2242 362 for enquiries on Coronavirus and reporting of health concerns.

“Those who suspect that they have symptoms of Coronavirus are strongly advised to call the Abia Tele-Health number 07002242362 for dispatch of ambulances or mobile clinics to pick them up.

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