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Edo Government Bans Street Trading To Check Spread Of COVID-19

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The Edo State government has placed a ban on street trading, as part of new measures to enforce social distancing and check the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, April 16, 2020, deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, said the measure is being taken to restrict movement and ensure compliance to social distancing and other directives imposed by the state government to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Noting that the state government is working on more stringent measures to ensure total compliance to different directives aimed at checking the spread of COVID-19, he said, “As part of these measures, we hereby announce a ban on street trading, as an additional measure to restrict contacts among people and enforce social distancing.

“This is in the light of the fact that markets have been moved to public and primary school premises to facilitate trading in essential commodities such as food and medicines, among others.”

He noted that “The government has set up screening centers across Oredo local government area (starting with six Primary Healthcare Centres, PHCs, and four private hospitals) to actualize our plans to screen 500,000 persons.”

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