BREAKING: Bauchi declares lockdown over COVID-19, allows Wednesdays, Saturdays for shopping

Gov Bala Mohammed currently quarantined having tested positive for coronavirus

The Bauchi State Government has imposed a lockdown for 14 days in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease in the state.

The government’s decision was contained in a media statement signed by the Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Sabi’u Baba, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday.

He said that the lockdown will commence on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 from 6:00pm.

Baba, however, said that the Governor, Bala Mohammed, directed that movement should be allowed only on Wednesdays and Saturdays to enable residents to buy food items.

According to him, the lockdown does not affect those on essential services.

He said, “In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the Bauchi State Government has imposed a lockdown throughout the state for a period of 14 days with effect from Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 from 6.00pm. Consequently, all borders to Bauchi State will equally be closed.

“His Excellency, Bala Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi state, appreciates the sacrifice of the public in these agonising times.

“He has subsequently directed that in order for the public to secure food items, movement is allowed between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The ban does not, however, affect essential services.”

It would be recalled that the governor was declared positive by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control on Tuesday, March 24.
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