By Angela Nwaeze Mbaocha
Ebonyi state government is now specific on the activities that have been placed under ban in the state, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease in the country.
The Governor, Engr. David Umahi, on Monday enumerated weddings, burial ceremonies, seminars, conferences and any other large gatherings as activities under ban in the state.
He said that the ban would last for one month, while disclosing that from March 25, 2020 civil servants in the state will work from their various homes.
Umahi stated this during a town hall meeting held at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre Abakaliki, the State Capital.
He was represented at the event by his Deputy, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe.
He said the ban was part of measures to protect the people from contacting the deadly Coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
” It is painful to take the decision but government had to reason that it is better to let the dead bury the dead for now. But if you feel that you cannot wait, then you can take the corpse and bury just you and your family without any ceremony and invitation to anybody”, he stated.
The Governor noted that those on essential services shall be exempted from the order.
He warned traditional rulers and council Chairmen against shielding any person suspected to have contacted the deadly virus.
He said anybody suspected to have contacted the virus should immediately be sent to the nearest health centre for onwards transfer to the state isolation centre, which has been built at the Unity Square Abakaliki, for proper treatment and care.