Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has commended the federal government for halting international flights into the country as part of measures to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the stoppage and closure of land borders would stemmed the spread of the dreaded disease in the country.

Okowa told journalists after inspecting facilities at the Isolation Centre for the pandemic at the Specialist Hospital, Asaba, on Wednesday that with the preventive measures being put in place by the state government, Delta was ready to battle the disease in the event of any reported case.

He urged Deltans and Nigerians to adhere strictly to precautionary instructions and maintain personal hygiene and social distancing in order to  help avert contracting and spreading the Coronavirus.

The Governor also stated that transporters must ensure that their vehicles were not fully loaded.

According to him, it’s not the time to carry four people at the back; maximum is two at the back and one at the front. We just have to show love to ourselves and the best way you can show love is by obeying instructions by doing what we ought to do.

“We are meeting with our religious leaders on the need to find alternative ways to worship for now. Not all churches or mosques will be able to communicate with their members through the internet.

“But for those that cannot, you can call on phone and pray with your members but your members can also truly stay at home and pray, God hears prayers wherever the person is.

“It is not compulsory we must be in church in full capacity for us to pray to God, because God hears us from wherever we make our prayers. These are some of the precautions we are taking.

“We have also banned all town unions and conferences from taking place;  all youth gatherings are banned with effect from tomorrow (Thursday).

“So, it is important that Deltans should please listen and as much as we listen and observe these, we are likely going to be able to limit the chain of transmission and that’s important.

“We don’t have any case yet but that does not mean that we are safe; just one case is enough to create a chain of transmissions that can cause panic just in a few days or weeks.

“Coronavirus is real, the rates are doubling every three to five days in some countries and we must be very cautious because the virus can catch up with anybody.

“It is good we and our families as well as our nation obey instructions from the NCDC or any other relevant health authorities,” the Governor stated. 

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