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Niger Yet To Record COVID-19 Case As Govt Opens Markets



Regardless of the rise in instances of COVID-19 throughout the nation, the Niger State Authorities has resolved to soft-pedal on among the measures it had taken to curb the unfold of the virus.

The curfew declared by the state authorities has now been relaxed and might be noticed from 2:00pm to 10:00pm as in opposition to the preliminary 10:00am to 12:00pm declared earlier.

Secretary to the State Authorities and Chairman, Niger State Process Pressure on COVID-19, Ahmed Matane, whereas briefing journalists on the convention corridor of his workplace additionally said that markets within the state earlier shut down will now function from eight:00am to 2:00pm.

He mentioned Friday prayers and Sunday companies will start to carry from subsequent week, however that the federal government will guarantee strict adherence to social distancing.

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Based on the SSG, civil servants from degree 1 to 12 who had been initially requested to remain at house may even resume work from Monday, the sixth of April, 2020.

Matane additionally disclosed that Governor Abubakar Bello has invoked the Niger State COVID-19 (Preventive, Containment and Emergency) Order 2020 as a part of measures to stop and include the unfold of COVID-19 throughout the Native Space.

The Government Order in keeping with him is derived from Part three of the Restriction of Motion of Individuals Regulation Cap 115, Legal guidelines of Niger State, 1989, Part 40 of the Niger State Public Well being Regulation, Cap. 109, Legal guidelines of Niger State, 1989 (as amended), Part 2,three and eight of the Quarantine Act Cap Q2 Legal guidelines of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Part 45 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Talking additional, Matane warned that any one that fails to adjust to a restriction, prohibition or requirement imposed underneath the Order shall be liable to a fantastic or imprisonment in accordance with the extant legal guidelines.

In the meantime, the state authorities says all entry level to Niger State stays closed besides these on important companies and that faculties would nonetheless stay closed.

On the COVID-19 standing of the state, Matane mentioned Niger State is but to report any confirmed constructive case of COVID-19. He nonetheless regrets that not a lot of the residents within the state have been examined.

Based on Matane solely three individuals out of the over 5 million residents in Niger State have been capable of bear testing for the virus.

“Even the Governor who just lately received examined for COVID-19 didn’t discover it straightforward. His pattern that was collected needed to wait on a really lengthy queue earlier than it was examined.

“The truth that there are solely few testing centres throughout your complete nation, actually makes it troublesome for testing to happen. We hope that we’d have the ability to set up a testing centre within the state very quickly,” he mentioned.

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