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COVID-19: Benue govt extends curfew by 2 weeks

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday, extended the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the state for two weeks.

Ortom disclosed this to journalists after the Expanded Executive Council and the State Action Committee on COVID-19 meeting.

The governor said that due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, the state government had decided to extend the curfew it imposed in the state by two weeks.

He said: “The curfew is from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. It is extended because of the rising cases of the pandemic in some states. Our people travel to these states and this is a big problem.”

He, however, noted that all the staff of the Grace Cottage Hospital, Makurdi, where the state index coronavirus case was first admitted, were isolated for 14 days after which their samples were taken to Abuja for tests and they all tested negative.

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Ortom added: “This is because they adhered strictly to the preventive aspects of the disease while handling her case. So, there is no cause for alarm.”

He said the COVID-19 had a negative toll on the state economy, adding that the government had reviewed its 2020 budget of N195 billion to N119 billion due to the harsh economic situation occasioned by the pandemic.

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