There is growing apprehension in Anambra State following reports that major markets in the area would be closed down due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Similarly banks are said to be considering closure as part of the strict compliance with the directives of Governor Willie Obiano that people should stay at home.
Also commuters in the state have lamented the increase in the cost of transportation by bus and keke drivers who were directed by the state government to carry only two passengers in tricycles and five passengers in buses to avert the spread of the virus.

According to a staff of a commercial bank in Awka, the state capital, “Our headquarters in Lagos have closed and we have been asked to be on alert for a possible directive to close our respective branches across the country.”

A staff of another bank told our correspondent that there is pressure on them to close adding that the public should start making adequate arrangements for stocking of food items because it would also affect commercial activities.

It is in view of this that residents of Awka, Onitsha, Ekwulobia and Nnewi towns have been making bulk purchases for fear of being stranded when the markets are closed.
At Ose food market in Onitsha there was a beehive of activities as members of the public battle to buy as many food items as possible pending when the stay at home directive would be over.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 20 brands of sanitizers have flooded Anambra markets and already there have been reported cases of corrosive fake sanitizers which contain suspected soda and anti-skin chemicals capable of destroying skin quality.

Sanitizers that were sold at N200 per bottle are now sold at between N800 and N1, 400 as the case may be.

Reacting to the this development the Chief Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, Dr Basil Nwankwo advised members of the public to buy only the hand sanitizers produced by the Anambra State government because it has been certified by the state ministry of health.

“People should be careful about the things they buy before we find ourselves in another health challenge and one wonders why some people would have to cash in on the coronavirus to dupe and rip off their brothers and sisters in the name or making quick money,” he said.

Though officials of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) were not in the office to comment on the development, but the Police Public Relations’ Officer, Mr. Mohammed Haruna told Sunday Telegraph that there had not been any reported case of fake sanitizers but was quick to add that the command would arrest any person or group of persons found to be selling or producing fakesanitizers.
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