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7 Apr 2020

COVID-19: Edo Orders Wearing Of Face Mask, Ban Isolation In Hotels

The Edo Government on
Monday directed residents
who must leave their homes
to wear face mask as
precautionary measures
against the coronavirus pandemic.

The State Deputy Governor
and Chairman of the state
COVID-19 Response
Committee, Mr Philip Shaibu
told newsmen that
government has concluded plans to collaborate with local tailors to
mass-produce face mask in the state.

"We have held several
meetings with stakeholders
today and we agreed that all
residents who must leave
their homes during the partial lockdown must wear a face mask.

"We are working with local
tailors to mass-produce these
face mask that will go round
everybody. "I want to encourage us to
stay at home and if you must
go out please wear a face
mask and maintain social
distance," he said. According to him, anyone
found outside without a face
mask will be prosecuted. Shaibu also said that
government has banned the
use of hotels as isolation
centres by those who
returned to the state from
other countries. He said "we have discovered
that some returnees use
hotels as isolation centres
and we are saying it is no
longer acceptable. "Those who are even
isolating themselves at home
do not adhere to the rules so
it is banned with effect from
today. "Only the four designated
isolation centres in Auchi
general hospital in Edo North,
Irrua Specialist Hospital in
Edo Central, University of
Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and Stella Obasanjo
hospital in Edo South will be
used from now on," he added.

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