Mr. C. Don Adinuba, the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment has announced that the dreaded COVID-19 disease has killed nine persons in the state.
Adinuba made the announcement in a statement issued to journalists in Awka. He said the disease which has apparently changed the world order, has also claimed lives of Anambra individuals outside the state.
The commissioner who stressed the need for proper usage of the facemask as a veritable strategy to prevent spread of coronavirus infections in the state, expressed discontentment that facemask violation was on the increase but pointed out that government has taken a decision to establish COVID-19 mobile courts to try defaulters of facemask application.
He also noted that facemask violators would be made to pay an upward of N10,000 penalty fee or be made to carry out community service.
The commissioner’s statement reads thus, “Since wearing of face coverings in public became compulsory in Anambra State as part of the strategy to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of our people have been complying with the directive. This is a good development.
“However, the state government notes that the face masks are often not worn appropriately. There are people who wear theirs on the chins and some on their jaws. There are individuals who wear the face masks to cover their mouths but not their nostrils. None of these practices is proper.
“The face mask must always cover the mouth and the nose. This is because coronavirus enters our system through such orifices as the eye, the nostril and the mouth. This is why some people wear not just face masks which cover their mouths and noses but also face shields which cover their eyes, in addition.
“The compulsory and proper adorning of face masks in public places in Anambra State is done in the interest of every individual in the state. COVID-19 is real. It has killed nine persons in our state and a number of Anambra individuals outside the state. The victims include old people and youths of both genders.
“The Anambra State government does not want more of our people to get infected by this highly contagious disease, let alone die of it. Consequently, the government is establishing mobile courts in different parts of the state to try those who contravene the new law on COVID-19 like individuals who do not wear face coverings or do not wear them properly. The punishments include payment of up to N10,000 fine and performance of community service.
“To check the spread of  coronavirus in our dear state and ensure that Anambra remains the safest state in Nigeria, including in health matters, ndi Anambra are reminded, once again, of the imperative to keep social distancing of six feet, wash our hands frequently with soap, water and sanitizer, avoid handshakes and embraces and, of course wear face masks in the right way anytime we are in public.”


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