COVID-19: Obiano postpones schools’ resumption, threatens to shutdown markets in Anambra


Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Tuesday, postponed resumption of schools in the state earlier slated for January 18.
Obiano, in a special broadcast disseminated through the social media, also shutdown night clubs, while urging hotels, churches and markets to ensure strict compliance to WHO safety COVID-19 protocol, insisted that none should step out of home without wearing facemasks.


“Today, we are faced with a clear and present danger. Between December 7, 2020 and January 11, 2021, we have recorded 110 new cases of Covid-19 in Anambra State. That is why we have revved up our testing capacity and brought the total number of tests done to 13, 412 tests so far.


“All government offices must observe the standard Covid-19 protocols – washing of hands at the entrance, wearing of facemasks, regular use of hand sanitizers and strict observance of social distancing. Nobody will be allowed into any government premises without properly wearing a face mask.


“No one should step outside their homes without wearing a facemask. The ban on nightclubs is still firmly in place. Hotels are directed to ensure strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols. There should not be more than 50 people in any public gathering.


“All markets in Anambra State are given one week to set-up the necessary safety standards and ensure proper compliance. Any market found violating the standards after one week shall be quickly shut down. 
” Transport operators are advised to revert to all the practices that helped us during the first wave of the pandemic. They must ensure social distancing inside the vehicles and maintain a passenger manifest. Schools are advised to revive the Covid-19 structure and practices that helped protect our children during the first wave of the pandemic.


” Schools in Anambra state shall not re-open on January 18, 2021 as earlier scheduled. Rather, schools will re-open after two weeks from today to enable the principals and teachers prepare for the return of our children. Churches and other religious organizations are advised to set up Action Teams and go back to the practices that helped us in the first phase of the pandemic,” he said. 

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