Lalong locks-down Plateau for a week 

Lalong locks-down Plateau for a week


From Christiana Gokyo, Jos


 COVID-19 Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force in Plateau State has recorded 48 suspected cases which were investigated and all found to be negative, while 25 of them were discharged from self-isolation and  eight still under surveillance.


The Task Force Chairman, who is the State Governor Simon Lalong said: “Our surveillance team already in place will continue to be vigilant in identifying cases.”

Governor Lalong revealed this while briefing newsman in Jos on the situation update in the state, directing that there will be total lockdown, effective 12 midnight of Thursday April 9th to 11pm of Wednesday April15th, 2020.

According to him, during this period there will be no movement of any kind except for staff on essential duties which include: security agencies, health workers, power and energy staff, fire service, media, telecom operators and fuel tankers.

The governor explained: “We have established checkpoints at entry points to the state to enable health officials conduct preliminary screening of commuters.”

Lalong locks-down Plateau for a week 

According to him, “based on further developments, we announced the closure of all border routes to the state, which took effect from 29th March, 2020 to further strengthen the capacity of our health officials to concentrate on the situation within the state.

“Monitoring and enforcement are still going on and we are recording substantial compliance, however, the few cases of disregard for the order are being handled by the security agencies.

“With all these, government has concluded plans to carry out a state-wide fumigation exercise which will cover Jos-Bukuru Metropolis and all other 17 Local Government Areas of the State,” he said.

Lalong locks-down Plateau for a week 

According to him, “these five sub-committees were replicated in each of the 17 Local Government Areas with the Executive Chairmen heading the Central Committees,” adding that the COVID-19 Taskforce under my chairmanship meets every day to receive briefs, analyses and reviews strategies of the entire response.

“We had set ground rules for general observation, sanitation and personal hygiene; crowd control of not more than 50 people; maintaining of social distance of two metres and five metres apart for traders selling food items,” he stressed.

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