Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Monday declared a 14-day lockdown in the state in response to the death of the index case of Coronavirus in the city.
The index case, a 56-year-old retired male nurse, was working with the Medicine Sans Frontier (MSF) in Pulka village of Gwoza local government when he became ill. He died two days after he was brought to the UMTH.
Speaking in a state wide-broadcast, Zulum said that the 14 days lockdown takes effect from 10:30pm Wednesday.
He said, “We hold our health workers very dearly and for this reason, I am worried about the manner in which the index COVID-19 case in Borno State was handled.
“In the exercise of the powers conferred on me, I have signed an executive order declaring COVID-19 a dangerous disease.
“For this, I am hereby directing a lockdown that will require cessation of all movements in Borno State for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 10:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd of April, 2020.
“All citizens in Borno State are to stay in their homes. This means all public gatherings are restricted while offices and businesses are to be fully closed during this period.
“Security and intelligence agencies have been briefed for enforcement. Government will use this period of restriction to accelerate the tracing and isolation of persons who have been in contact with the index case.”