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COVID-19: Bayelsa extends lockdown for another 14 days

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By Amgbare Ekaunkumo,Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State governor, Sen.Douye Diri has extended the lockdown of it’s borders for another 14 days to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The state governor, Sen. Diri , gave the directive on Tuesday evening in a press release by his Acting Chief Press Secretary,Mr.Daniel Alabrah, following the expiration of the earlier two weeks deadline.

He said the extension was necessary to prepare people of the state for any eventuality,adding that there is no index case of covid-19 recorded yet in the state.

He explained that as painful as the measure might be, extending the lockdown were inevitable in view of current developments in the country.

He said the lockdown affects inter-state vehicular movement, closure of drinking bars at night as well as night clubs.

Worship centres are also affected as they have been directed to close down and hold services at home.

The state had on Sunday imposed a five-day dusk-to-dawn curfew, which took effect from Monday.

“We are yet to record any positive case of COVID-19 in Bayelsa. But this does not mean we would go to sleep.

“Our administration is seriously committed to preventing the spread of this dreaded disease into our state. So, we must take measures to keep it in check as well as prepare the minds of our people in case of any positive report. People of the state should continue to maintain good hygiene habits as well as comply with the social distancing rules,” the Governor said.

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