– Ekiti government has imposed a curfew on the state amid fears of the second wave of COVID-19
– This was announced by Akinbowale Omole, the commissioner for information and values orientation
– According to Omole, the curfew takes effect from Monday, January 11
The Ekiti state government just like many other states in Nigeria has taken proactive steps to protect the lives of citizens.
A statement posted on the Twitter handle of the state government, @ekitistategov indicated that the curfew will be starting from 8 pm to 6 am on Monday, January 11.
The commissioner for information and values orientation, Hon Akinbowale Omole, made the announcement on Sunday, January 10, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Omole cited the alarming rate at which the second wave of COVID-19 is spreading as the reason for declaring a curfew.
The southwest state in addition to restricting movement also banned all gatherings of more than 20 people until further notice.
The commissioner went on to note that the government was forced to take proactive steps in a bid to protect the people from falling prey.
He urged the people of Ekiti to follow the COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of nose masks, washing of hands with soap, regular use of hand sanitizer, and maintain social distancing.
At the time of this report, data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows that Ekiti state has 434 cases and seven deaths.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that NCDC announced that 12 people died on Friday, January 8 from COVID-19.
The NCDC made this confirmation around midnight on Friday in a tweet on its official Twitter handle.
In the tweet, NCDC’s stats showed that Nigeria’s COVID-19 death toll rose from 1,330 on Thursday, January 7 to 1, 342 on Friday.
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In a related development, state governors have expressed willingness to take their COVID-19 vaccine shots on live television when Nigeria gets the jab.
The governors explained that they want to do this to boost the confidence of ordinary Nigerians in the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, who is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, said state governors have experience in vaccination matters because they helped Nigeria with polio vaccines too.
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