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Niger extends partial lockdown for 2weeks

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has announced a further extension on the restriction of movement in the state by another two weeks. The…

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has announced a further extension on the restriction of movement in the state by another two weeks.

The extension, he said, was to achieve the desired result of minimizing the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor spoke on Monday after the executive council and COVID-19 Taskforce meeting held at the Government House, Minna.

He said people would, however, be allowed to move within their immediate environment in strict compliance with the physical distancing, wearing of face mask and other measures daily or will be penalized.

Bello said there shall be no vehicular movement on the lockdown days except those on essential services but there shall be three days window period weekly, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 7:00am to 12 midnight, while the movement of people is restricted to their local governments only.

He said there would be no form of social or religious gatherings during the weekly window periods.

He directed that all schools and offices should remain closed, while all major markets in the state are to remain closed except neighborhood markets and shops.

The Governor further directed that operators of commercial motorcycles and tricycles (Keke NAPEP) should carry one and two passengers respectively, with each wearing facemasks.