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Coronavirus: Gov. Bello orders closure of schools, bans gathering of more than 30 in Kogi

Yahaya Bello

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has ordered an indefinite closure of both public and private schools (Primary, secondary and tertiary) in the state as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus(COVID-19) in the state.

A statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary,  Onogwu Muhammed, the governor said closure of schools and other public gathering places takes effect from Monday, March 23, 2020.

Governor Bello also banned all gatherings involving more than  30 people, adding that the measures became imperative given the strategic location of the state which serves as  a  transit point for travellers connecting various part of the federation.

He urged to be cautious and observe high-level personal hygiene practice such as constant washing of hands with soap  and running water, the use of hand sanitizers, as well as observance of social distancing.

He said the state government had set up isolation centre in Lokoja,  the state capital and an Emergency Response Team has been constituted too, adding that at the moment sensitization and awareness are being created on the disease through the  media as well as at parks, markets and community levels.

Kogi state government is leveraging the existing house-to -house Lassa fever Campaign to take the massage of Coronavirus(COVID-19) to the grassroots.

The Kogi state government has equally provided the following emergency telephone numbers for rapid response in emergency cases: 08064469625,  07067918835,  08030607102, 08034732988,  08076288933.