…As Cases Rise to 75, 26 Discharged
By Esther Nworie and Agnes Nworie
There is more anxiety and fear currently in Ebonyi State following the number of state executive council members who have tested positive to the ravaging novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Although, the names and positions of the affected members were not disclosed to the press, source close to the Government house disclosed that major principal officers to the governor tested positive to the virus over the weekend.
The source who doesn’t want to be mentioned in print said a commissioner and wife also tested positive and have been isolated.
The Governor confirmed the fresh cases in the state, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, and Acting Commissioner, Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Barr. Uchenna Orji on Wednesday night.
The Governor in the statement lamented that the virus has taken a new shape in the state as it has penetrated into communities.
He announced that the state has so far recorded 75 cases out of over 3, 000 samples tested so far.
He ordered all government offices to be shutdown from Thursday June 4, 2020 to Tuesday June 9 to ensure effective contact tracing.
He also directed all State Executive council members and government officials especially of the Ministries of Finance and Budget to undergo COVID-19 test within this seven days period while civil servants working in the state Ministries of Finance and Budget are to embark on self isolation.
He pleaded with People of the State who are outside the state to remain where they are as records have shown that the virus was introduced into the state by returnees from epicenter states.
The statement read in parts, “The Governor is concerned about the number of Coronavirus cases recorded in the State which has unfortunately risen to 75 out of over 3, 000 samples tested.”
“In view of this development, he passionately appeals to all sons and daughters of Ebonyi State who are living outside the shores of the state to avoid the risk of returning to the state, as records have shown that the positive cases hitherto recorded in the state were those who returned from the epicentre states.”
“The Governor further pleads with our people to take seriously the NCDC COVID-19 Protocols, especially all precautionary measures such as hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, use of face masks, social distancing and avoiding of crowded places, more so as we have entered into another phase of spread of COVID-19 called community transmission.”
“Whereas we have discharged a total of 26 COVID-19 cases and 49 cases still receiving treatment and in stable conditions, the Governor is disturbed about the way and manner some State Executive Council members were infected, although they are also in stable conditions. In order to ensure effective contact tracing, he has directed that all Government offices be shut down from Thursday,4th June 2020 and resume on Wednesday, 10th June 2020.”
“All civil servants shall work from their respective homes within this period but shall leave their phones open to respond to official imperatives.
” The Governor further directs Dr Richard Nnabo and his team to commence comprehensive decontamination of Government offices including the new and old Government House complex. All Exco members and Government officials especially of the Ministries of Finance and and Budget are advised to undergo COVID-19 test within this seven days period.
“The Governor further advises that during this period of close down of Government offices, all workers especially from the two Ministries aforementioned should go into self isolation. All site operations shall however remain open, but must be in strict observance of COVID-19- protocols.
” Meanwhile, the Governor commends all those who have made concerted efforts in our fight against Coronavirus pandemic and warmly congratulates the newly appointed Caretaker Chairmen for their wonderful handling of COVID-19 emergencies.”
As it stands, Ebonyi State is still leading among States with highest Corona virus cases in the South East.