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Enugu State records four new COVID-19 cases

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Willie Obiano


• Anambra reopens schools, markets
• Scourge has made all Nigerians vulnerable, says minister

Enugu State recorded four new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus at the weekend comprising two adults and two children. The fresh cases, who reside in Enugu, but hail from Bauchi State, had travelled to Jos, Plateau State recently with the third confirmed positive case in Enugu.

The development brings the positive cases in Enugu to eight with six active cases as two cases involving a couple had earlier been treated and discharged.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Obi Ilechukwu, who confirmed the development, asked residents of the state to continue to imbibe good hygiene protocols to overcome the pandemic, assuring that government was doing everything possible to combat the virus.

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However, schools and markets will reopen in Anambra State today, as the state government has made wearing of face masks compulsory in the state.

The development is coming about one month after schools and markets were shut due to the spread of coronavirus.

Governor Willie Obiano in a statewide broadcast stressed that residents who do not wear masks would be prosecuted, adding that ban on burials ceremonies had been lifted even as he urged bereaved families to bury their deceased the same day but must limit attendance to a maximum of 30 persons.

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama yesterday said all Nigerians have become vulnerable to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. He stated this during the distribution of food and medical palliatives to Enugu State Government and members of All Progressives Congress (APC), stressing that overcoming the pandemic required the support of every Nigerian.

The medical items are, Infrared thermometer or non-contact thermometer, safety Googles, test kits as well as food items to party members and motherless babies homes.

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Onyeama, who was represented by an APC chieftain in the state, Deacon Okey Ogbodo, stated that from the political, business, religious and other working class persons, the virus had touched everyone in one impactful way or the other.

He stated however that the Federal Government has continued to do all in its capacity to combat the pandemic, stressing that the gradual easing of the lockdown was a clear indication that government’s efforts were yielding positive outcomes.

Disclosing that distribution of the palliatives was in conjunction with the Kwusike Foundation and Kwusike Political Family in Enugu State, the minister urged Nigerians to continue to show love and accommodate one another in these trying times.

Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, commended Onyeama and assured him of state government’s support in efforts to contain the scourge.

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