Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has allayed fears of the imposition of another lockdown on Adamawa State but vowed to ensure strict compliance of COVID-19 protocols amidst heightened fears of the spread of new and potent mutant of the deadly virus.
Health experts have expressed concern over the potency of the new strain which spreads faster than the first one, necessitating tough measures by national governments including fresh rounds of lock downs.
But considering the economic situation, governor Fintiri has precluded another lockdown saying that instead, new restrictions will be put to curtail the spread of the virus, a statement by his press secretary, Humwhashi Wonosikou has disclosed.
“With the confirmation that Nigeria has entered the second wave of the Pandemic that changed developments across the world for much of 2020, the 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, the Government intends to keep businesses open as nobody would want to go through another round of lockdown.
“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,” the statement said.
Wonosikou said, 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.
“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,” Fintiri said.