COVID-19: Ebonyi Govt Bans Burials, Weddings, Civil Servants To Work From Home



THE Ebonyi state government has extended its ban to more activities over the Coronavirus disease outbreak.

The Ebonyi state Governor, Engr. David Umahi, who on Monday listed the banned activities to include weddings, burial ceremonies, seminars, conferences and any other large gatherings, maintained that the ban would last for one month in the first instance, while disclosing that from March 25, 2020 civil servants in the state will work from their various homes.

Umahi who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Eric Kelechi Igwe, during a town hall meeting held at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre Abakaliki, said the ban was part of measures to protect the people from contacting the deadly Coronavirus.

His words;

” 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”

The Governor, however, disclosed that those on essential services were exempted from the order.

He warned Traditional Rulers and Council Chairmen against shielding any person suspected to have contacted the deadly virus.

He emphasised that 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.

Recall that the Ebonyi State government had on 20th of March ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state, including Tertiary institutions and Night Clubs to avert the outbreak of the Coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.


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