Abia government has relaxed its lockdown for three days to enable residents to restock foodstuffs in their homes ahead of the Easter celebration.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Kalu Okiyi, announced the measure on Thursday in Umuahia.
He said that government took the initiative so that residents could purchase foodstuffs to celebrate the Easter.
According to him, people are free to move around from 6am to 2pm on Friday and Sunday.
“This is to enable our people to go to market and buy foodstuffs and go to church for the Easter celebration.
“We want to be sure that while we continue to fight COVID-19 that our people stay alive,” he said.
Okiyi further said that the state would temporarily suspend the ongoing fumigation of parts of the state.
He expressed joy that Abia had yet to record any case, saying that suspected cases sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for test later proved negative.
The commissioner said that the extension of the lockdown from one to two weeks was to exhaust the 14-day incubation period for the coronavirus.
He, therefore, admonished residents to continue to observe health advice on handwashing, social distancing, use of hand sanitisers and face masks.
Okiyi also spoke on the ongoing distribution of palliatives to indigent and vulnerable residents via the churches and mosques.
He said that government had implicit confidence in the clerics to ensure equitable distribution of the items, which included rice, yam, beans, hand sanitisers and face masks, to the target group.
He said that government also planned to use traditional rulers and president-generals of town unions to deliver the palliatives to non-Christians.
He said that government would deploy its geriatric programme to move into the villages and communites to provide medicare and support to the sick and aged persons during the lockdown.
Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu
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