Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong made an announcement that the state has recorded its first COVID-19 death.
NCDC stats stated that Plateau state has recorded 33 cases of the virus so far with 10 people being discharged while the rest are still receiving treatment in the state isolation Centre, he also added that the state has 255 people in different parts of the state on a mandatory quarantine and the ban on Farin-Gada Market will remain active because of their violation of social distancing.
According to Governor Simon;
“The State has recorded more cases of COVID-19 that rose to 33. This necessitated us redoubling our efforts to checkmate community spread by aggressively conducting contact tracing, isolating suspected contacts, and treating the infected.”
“As at today, we have successfully treated and discharged 10 infected persons including the index case who have all been reunited with their families. Meanwhile, 22 other persons are still undergoing treatment and in stable condition.”
“Sadly, one suspect whose sample was taken died yesterday before his result was returned. We have continued to quarantine suspected persons that come in from other states at our designated facilities to ascertain their status over the mandatory period of 14 days.”
The governor also stated that the increase in numbers of the pandemic disease in the state would not discourage him from easing the lockdown imposed in the state as the economy of the state needs to be revived.
“With effect from May 17, 2020, the total lockdown will resume from midnight every Sunday and be relaxed on Wednesdays midnight. This will henceforth be the pattern until further review.
“In other words, the total lockdown is relaxed on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; while Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays remain totally lockdown.”
“The ban on all illegal markets such as the Sunday Markets on Ahmadu Bello Way, Bukuru and environs shall remain in place indefinitely, while social joints , night clubs, drinking parlours are to remain closed,”