COVID-19: Packed Parks As Ayade Plans Curfew, Ban On Intra-State Movement

In Breaking News, Health, Politics, Reports

By Jonathan Ugbal

Information reaching our newsroom suggests that Cross River Governor, Benedict Ayade may from Saturday, March 28th 2020, impose a curfew to prevent the state from recording any case of COVID19.

Sources at Government House Calabar and the Emergency Operations Center in Calabar, the state capital also said Mr. Ayade may ban inter-local government movement.

This means that no one except those on essential duty including health workers, security personnel and journalists would be allowed to move and movement between the 18 local government areas will be restricted.

Stranded passengers in Calabar. The state is planning a total shutdown over the COVID19 pandemic. 26/03/2020. (Credit: CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal)

It is unclear how this will affect major conurbations in Calabar, Ogoja and Obudu.

The state had earlier announced a shut down of her borders with about nine entry points manned with health personnel to carry out body temperature checks.

Also, some returning expatriates, especially those who returned recently are said to be monitored closely by members of the EOC.

Meanwhile, motor parks across the State are currently seeking for more vehicles due to a surge in the number of those traveling home especially after the Nigerian University Commission shut down tertiary institutions while managements of the two universities in the state also chased students out of the hostels.

Stranded passengers wait patiently for more vehicles at the AKTC park in Calabar in order to book tickets for travel outside Cross River State. 26/03/2020. (Credit: CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal)

Transportation fare is also said to have hiked in some motor parks while security personnel tour the parks to ensure social distancing is enforced.

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