Okowa Directs Christians To Stay - at - Home On Easter Sunday as COVID - 19 Cases Hit 3 - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, April 11, 2020

Okowa Directs Christians To Stay - at - Home On Easter Sunday as COVID - 19 Cases Hit 3

.... Says Lockdown, Social Distancing Still In Place 


Benedicta Okafor, Asaba

Less than 48 hours after a Coronavirus patient died in one of the Infectious Disease treatment facilities in Delta State, a fresh case has been discovered in Asaba, the State capital, on Saturday, bringing the total of confirmed COVID - 19 cases to three(3).

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who announced the the third index case, called on the citizens and residents to keep observing the  social distancing rules.

Okowa added that the new development also called for a lockdown of the state and advised all Christians to observe their Easter Sunday (tomorrow) worship at home.

Okowa said: "We have just confirmed the third case of COVID19 in Delta State. The patient, a male, was diagnosed today in Asaba, our state capital and is currently being managed by our healthcare professionals in one of our isolation centers.

"The patient is currently in a good state and responding to treatment; and we have already began to track all those that have had contact with him.

"The confirmation of this third case further reinforces our call for social distancing and a lockdown. All Christians should worship at home tomorrow.

"Again, I thank you all for your cooperation over these past few days, and I will continue to keep you all updated on any new developments," Okowa state on his official IG page.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the country has  recorded 13 fresh cases as the total of confirmed index cases reached all time high of 318 as of April 11, 2020 with 10 deaths and 70 discharged.

And apparently worried by the development, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that the on - going lockdown of the nation's borders would last as long as necessary to defeat the Coronavirus pandemic.

Buhari who wholeheartedly commended Nigerians for their patience, resolve and strong determination to overcome  the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, said the freedoms the administration asked them to willingly forsake, would only last as long as scientific advisers declared they were necessary.

The President who made this known in a statement on Saturday through Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant(Media & Publicity), added that same sacrifices were essential – world over – to halt and defeat the spread of the virus.

The President said: “We realize that today, there will be sons and daughters unable to visit their parents, and elders that are isolated from young ones. And there will be those who live day-to-day, eating as they earn, who face real and present suffering.

“No elected government could ask more of the citizens of the country that elected them than today we ask of you. But we must ask you - once more - to observe restrictions on movement where they are in place, and follow the instructions of our scientists and medical advisers: stay home, wash your hands, save lives.

“The freedoms we ask you to willingly forsake today will only last as long as our scientific advisers declare they are necessary. But they are essential - world over - to halt and defeat the spread of this virus.

“For those who suffer most egregiously, the Government has announced multiple measures to assist: 70,000 tonnes of grain is being released from the National Strategic Grain Reserves for distribution to those in most  need; distribution of small cash payments are also being made, and will continue to be made by the federal government in the states and local government areas.

“We ask you to listen and follow public announcements via the mass media for instructions as to how to receive this government support - and learn of more public assistance in the coming days.

“All that the Government is asking you to endure is because nowhere in the world today is there any known way of defeating this pandemic. There is no vaccine. And that means there are choices to be made: between continuing as usual, or accepting the restrictions even when they come with unintended consequences.

“But at this darkest hour, it remains our duty to offer you the full and unvarnished truth: This is a global pandemic. 210 countries and territories across the globe are affected. We cannot expect others to come to our assistance. No one is coming to defeat this virus for us.

“Instead, the defeat of the virus in our country will be in our hands, alone. We cannot wait for others. We can only depend on ourselves now.  And so we must  - and we will - end this outbreak ourselves as Nigerians, together."

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