Kogi State Government has lifted the lockdown imposed on Kabba-Bunu local government area of the state following the discovery of two COVID-19 cases in the area.
Governor Yahaya Bello said on Friday in Lokoja that the lifting of the ban was informed by the conclusion of contact tracing in the area.
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According to him, the medical team led by the state commissioner for health, Dr Saka Audu have collected samples from people suspected to have contact with the victims and the result of the tests came out negative.
He noted that more samples have been collected and would be sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for further tests.
“This shows that we are moving out clean.
“Two weeks were set aside to carry out the exercise, but our medical team completed the exercise within 48 hours as a result of their effectiveness and efficiency.
“This is not the first time we have issues of health challenges.
“However, the mission of lockdown in Kabba-Bunu local government has been accomplished and therefore I lifted the total lockdown completely since there was no incident of COVID-19 recorded during the exercise,” he said.
He said the lockdown availed the state government opportunity to clear the air on the alleged “frivolous misconception” threw up by the NCDC.
He thanked the people of the area for their cooperation and understanding, while the exercise lasted.
He insisted that the state is still COVID-19 free, adding that the state government will continue to resist all attempts to spread the virus to the State.
He urged the people of the state to continue to adhere to all the protocol as laid down by the World Health Organization (WHO) and NCDC and stay safe.