The Kwara State Government, Thursday, announced a total lockdown of vehicular, movement of people and all businesses from 6pm Friday.
Deputy Governor of the state and chairman of the state technical committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital.
He said banks and food items will be allowed to open for business only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 10 am and 2pm.
The deputy governor, who said everything was being put in place to prevent further spread of the pandemic disease in the state, urged residents to ensure they observed all rules guiding the prevention of the novel Coronavirus.
He warned against stigmatisation of persons suspected to have been infected with the disease, saying “the state government will prosecute any one caught in the act.”
Alabi also appealed to the families of those who had contact with the COVID-19 index case in the state to present themselves for test, assuring that the case at the isolation centre was stable and receiving adequate attention.
Kwara state technical committee on COVID-19 had Monday, confirmed two separate cases of the disease in the state.
One of the victims, according to a statement by the spokesman for the committee, Rafiu Ajakaye is the wife of the University of Ilorin teaching hospital, patient, a United kingdom returnee, who died last Thursday and another UK returnee.
The poor handling of the deceased case led to the indefinite suspension of the consultant, Professor A.K. Salami, who admitted, managed and released the corpse of the patient for burial at his home town in Offa under secrecy.
The development first led to the total lockdown of Offa communities now followed by the total shutdown of the whole state.