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Niger extends lockdown by two weeks

Agency Reporter

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Thursday extended the Covid-19 Preventive, Containment and Emergency Order by two weeks.

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Ahmed Matane, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman, Niger State Task Force on COVID-19 Pandemic, made this known in a statement.

Bello said the extension of the lockdown was as a result of the increase in the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.

The governor urged residents to adhere strictly to the safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of face masks in public places and observance of social distancing.

Others are regular hand washing with soap under running water, application of hand sanitisers and staying at home as advised by health workers.

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Bello also warned that there should be no human and vehicular movements during the lock-down days, except those on essential duties.

He said that the three days window period of Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays remain.

The governor said that movement within border areas remain restricted and government would continue to monitor situation at the border zones.

“Public and Private Schools as well as Tertiary Institutions remain closed while social activities that involve more than twenty people stand prohibited,” Bello said.

He said the operations of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada remain banned while other commercial vehicles to abide by the Ministry of Transport guidelines.

The governor urged residents to support his administration’s good intentions of keeping everyone safe from the dreaded disease.

Bello warned that anyone who failed to comply with the requirement imposed under the Covid-19 Order would be liable to a fine or imprisonment or both in accordance with the extant laws.

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