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Umahi shuts down govt offices as cabinet members contract COVID-19

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has ordered the immediate closure of all government offices from Thursday, 4th June till Wednesday, 10th June 2020.

Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Ag. Commissioner, Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Orji said the shutdown became necessary following the way and manner some members of State Executive Council were being infected by COVID-19.

He noted that all Exco members and Government officials, especially those working in the  Ministries of Finance and Budget are advised to undergo the COVID-19 test within seven days period.

Orji added that all civil servants shall work from their respective homes within this period but shall leave their phones open to respond to official imperatives.

The statement read: “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.

“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 complexes.

“All  Exco members and Government officials, especially of the Ministries of Finance 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.”

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