Fintiri warns of new COVID-19 strain, contemplates fresh restrictions

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed concern over the new wave of coronavirus pandemic which health authorities say spreads faster than the earlier one.

Putting the state on notice of possible new restrictions, Fintiri said his government was not leaving anything to chance at tackling the spike of the pandemic.

A statement relesed Wednesday by Fintiri’s Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, quoted the governor as saying, “With the confirmation that Nigeria has entered the second wave of the pandemic that changed developments across the world for much of 2020, Government has resolved to ensure citizens observe the protocols of COVID-19 for their own good.”

While regretting its toll on the economy and social activities, Governor Fintiri assured that government would keep businesses open as nobody would want to go through another round of lockdown but he advised residents to adhere strictly to measures to counter the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“The best thing for both public health and the economy is for residents to respond to the new measures necessary to stem the tide of COVID-19. The time for swift and decisive action is now and we cannot afford to be slow.

“As a result of the rapid spread of the new variant of the COVID-19 virus, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri warns residents to ensure use of face mask, avoid crowded places, frequent washing of hands and use of sanitizers, while also observing social distancing and to only travel when necessary,” it said.

The Governor also stressed that Government will need the cooperation and support of club owners, event centres and those operating businesses at night at this time of the second wave of the Pandemic, urging them to ensure they close by 10pm in the interest of the public as Government works hard to halt the spread of the virus.

“The new strain of coronavirus which is spreading faster, calls for the understanding and cooperation of all to stop the virus,” he said.

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