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Gov Umahi shuts down courts as Ebonyi records first COVID-19 death

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Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has ordered that all courts in the state be shut down immediately.

The governor gave the directive on Friday, in a broadcast to residents, and also ordered all judiciary staff in the state to immediately proceed for COVID-19 tests.

He further announced that the state had recorded it’s first COVID-19 death, which he described as regrettable and saddening.

The governor said the courts are to remain closed for the next 10 days, and that the directive was to enable health workers fumigate the buildings and premises.

Umahi described the first recorded covid-19 death in the state as regrettable and saddening.

“It is unfortunate that we have recorded one death due to this Covid-19 and it makes me so sad.

“I am directing that in line with the Covid-19 law, all the courts in Ebonyi state be shutdown for the next 10 days. The Judiciary, State High Court, Industrial Court, Federal High Court, Magistrate court should all be shutdown”.

Read also: COVID-19: Ebonyi govt confirms 29 fresh cases of virus infections

“Also, I advise all the Judiciary officcers and their families to undergo Covid-19 tests. I have ordered that all the Judiciary buildings and premises should be immediately fumigated within the 10 days”.

Umahi advised churches and marketers to take safety measure to the coronavirus seriously, for their own good.

He regretted that residents were not taking the pandemic seriously and warned that any church or market found flouting the COVID-19 law will be shutdown.

“We are not contemplating closing markets and churches, but we advise them to please take this matter serious. If you are working, ensure that you sanitise yourself every 10 minutes”.

“This is very serious. We have a spike because we have a high testing. People may have the Covid-19 but won’t show any symptoms but will go about spreading it”.

“Some people with the virus will argue that they are not showing any symptoms. Yes, your immune system is fighting it but the next person that may be weaker than you is at danger and our job is to protect everybody in Ebonyi”, he said.

By Emmanuella Ibe…

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