On Monday, the government of Edo State reported two fresh cases of the novel coronavirus which took the total number in the state to 11.
It was also confirmed that Governor Godwin Obaseki, who has been in solitary confinement for the past 14 days, will lead the fight against coronavirus from today (Tuesday) in person.
The state's deputy governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, who spoke to the press about the COVID-19 update said the state governor was in good health and held meetings via Skype with traditional rulers and local chairmen.
He said the state government had ordered the closure of all markets from Tuesday (today) at 12 midnight, worried by the cases, while the food section would be relocated to the nearby public primary or secondary school field.
The state government, which now has 234 touch tracing, had made wearing face masks mandatory for those who travel out of their homes, he says.
Shaibu contended that anyone caught running about without a face mask should be punished as a precautionary measure.
"These steps have been put in order to protect state citizens from contracting the disease. Information reaching the state government suggested that some Edo-born returnees used hotels to separate themselves. I want to suggest that the state government has henceforth banned the use of hotels and homes for self-isolation, "he said The deputy governor explained how one of the 11 positively checked allegedly took a public transportation to Irrua Specialist Hospital instead of a taxi. He said he'd been referred to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital specialist doctor.
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