Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has declared a 14-day total lockdown in the state following the discovery of its first case of COVID-19.
The Governor issued the order in a broadcast to the residents on Saturday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday announced 17 new cases of the coronavirus disease which includes Anambra’s index case.
Obiano said, “I regret to announce that despite our proactive measures to insulate our dear state from this pandemic, we recorded the first case of coronavirus yesterday( Friday).
“The index case came in from Lagos. He has been placed in one of our Protective Care Centers. At the same time, we have commenced aggressive contact tracing to ensure that everyone he came in contact with is brought into the net for professional handling that will save lives.
“The restriction on movement is hereby extended by two weeks. This time, we are placing a comprehensive lockdown on Anambra State. We shall not tolerate any movement across the state by individuals and groups.
“Only people on essential services are permitted to move around in the delivery of those services to the people. Ndi Anambra are advised to stay indoors to avoid getting contaminated by this virus.
“The security agencies will enforce the restriction on movement this time and they have my authorization to make arrests where necessary to keep our dear state safe.
“All boundaries with neighbouring states remain closed. There will be no vehicular or human traffic across all the boundaries of Anambra State.
“Only vehicles delivering essential services are permitted after a comprehensive check and authorization by security operatives at the boundaries.”