COVID-19: Niger government relaxes curfew, asks civil servants to resume

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Residents of Niger state can now move about between 8am to 2pm. This is as the state government relaxed the curfew which it earlier imposed to curb coronavirus spread.
Civil servants from level 1 to 12 are also to resume back to work The curfew imposed in Niger state restricting movement due to the coronavirus pandemic has been relaxed.
People can now move from 8am to 2pm, according to the state government. The new restriction will now be from 2 pm to 10 pm daily.
Addressing newsmen in Minna on Sunday, April 5, the secretary to the state government who is the head of the Taskforce on COVID-19 in the state, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, said the new order would be reviewed after a while depending on the level of compliance.
Matane added that all markets will be opening from 8am to 2pm. Also, civil servants are to resume back to work and close by 2pm.
The SSG maintained that all the 12 entry points into the state would remain closed.
This is coming two weeks after the state government announced a restriction of movement to forestall the spread of COVID-19. Civil servants from 1 to 12 were told to stay at home while those on level 13 and above were still reporting to work.
As at 11:15am April 5, there are 224 confirmed cases, 27 discharged and 5 deaths from coronavirus in Nigeria. However, Niger is one of the states that has not recorded any case.
Nigerians have been advised to stay at home and practice social distancing. Lagos state which has the highest number of cases is currently on lockdown to curb the spread of the infectious virus.
Some Nigerians have been donating relief materials to those who cannot afford to feed during the lockdown. The Lagos state government also announced that it will be providing relief materials for Lagosians.
However, it appears the people are not satisfied with the efforts being made by the government. A Nigerian recently cried out for help as lockdown harsh reality bites hard. The old woman said that the relief materials given to her cannot sustain her.
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In a short video posted online, the woman tabled out the morsel of raw rice and beans given to her as relief material by Shomulu local government in Lagos state.
As some unseen people filmed her, they urged her to speak out against the unfairness of it. At first, the woman was scared, saying she does not want to be attacked.
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