Following testing positive for Covid-19 by four members of his Executive Council, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi State has ordered for immediate closure of all Government offices in the State.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Uchenna Orji, in a statement he issued, said that Governor Umahi was disturbed by the way and manner some members of his cabinet were infected with the virus. Therefor, in order to ensure effective contact tracing, all civil servants were asked to work from their respective homes.
”Whereas we have discharged a total of 26 Covid-19 cases and 49 cases still receiving treatment in stable conditions, I am disturbed about the way and manner some State Executive Council members were infected with the virus, although they are also in stable conditions. In order to ensure effective contact tracing, I have directed that all government offices be shut down from June 4, 2020 to resume on June 10, 2020,” Gov. Umahi was quoted.
Commissioner Orji went further to say that, ”The Governor further advised that during this period of closure of Government offices, all workers, especially from the two Ministries aforementioned, shouuld go into self-isolation. All site operations should however remain open, but must be in strict observance of Covid-19 protocols.”
Gov. Umahi commended all those who have made concerted efforts in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, and warmly congratulated the newly appointed caretaker chairmen for their wonderful handling of Covid-19 emergencies.
The Governor is deeply concerned about the number of coronaviruscases recorded in the State which has unfortunately risen to 75 out of the over 3,000 samples tested.