The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, announced on Tuesday that a medical doctor has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases in the state to two.
Diri made the announcement during a meeting of the COVID-19 Task force, which he chairs, at the Government House, Yenagoa, a statement by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said.
It quoted the governor as saying that the doctor, who is an employee of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa, was earlier admitted to a private hospital before he tested positive for the virus.
His travel history showed he came into the state from a trip to neighbouring Delta State.
The hospital has been shut down for decontamination to commence.
Arising from the resolutions taken by the task force, Diri directed that the presidential directives of inter-state lockdown be adopted for another two weeks as well as the dusk-to-dawn curfew from 8pm to 6am.
He equally stated that the stay-at-home order for civil servants on grade levels 01-12 be extended for another two weeks as part of strategies to contain the spread of the scourge.
On worship, the governor permitted Muslims in the state to hold the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir prayers but stressed the need for them to observe all the rules and regulations on COVID-19.
He also relaxed the order on burials in the state but directed that all mortuaries sign an undertaken with the deceased families to abide by the COVID-19 protocols.
Diri, who noted that the state government had not received any donation from the Federal Government and the World Health Organisation, however highlighted a number of donors that had assisted the state both in kind and cash towards mitigating the impact of the dreaded virus.
The donors are former President Goodluck Jonathan, who donated 1,000 bags each of rice and beans while the immediate past governor, Honourable Seriake Dickson, gave N10m.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, also made a donation of two motorised modular fumigators while one Mr Freeborn David donated 150 face masks.
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