Imo records 612 cases, 12 deaths fromm COVID-19

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Imo records 612 cases, 12 deaths from COVID-19

Imo State has recorded 12 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic since the index case was confirmed in the country. Also within the period, 616 confirmed cases were recorded, while 580 infected persons recovered from the pandemic.

State Coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Sebastian Okwu, who disclosed this in Owerri, during a media sensitisation meeting on COVID-19 Risk Communication and Community Education, urged journalists to increase the tempo of educating and enlightening the people of the state about the global plague.

Okwu said the WHO was worried about the second phase of the pandemic in some countries, including the United Kingdom (UK), urging Nigerians to change their attitude and perception about the existence of the scourge.

He stressed that the virus, which he said was real, required all Nigerians to improve their compliance with health and safety measures.

Story by Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri. November 11, 2020.

Imo delays plans to reopen schools, targets security outfit

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The Imo State Government has said schools will reopen in the state only when the body conducting COVID-19 test in the 27 councils has completed its assignment.

The Federal Government shut down schools in the country in March because of the outbreak of the pandemic.

Addressing journalists after the weekly State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma yesterday, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said the state government has so far received the report of the community testing in six councils.

Emelumba said 24 people tested positive for the virus out of 1,000 people tested in the six councils.

He said the state government would continue to delay school resumption until it is safe to have students back in their classrooms.

The commissioner also said the state government had banned task force, including those selling emblems.

“There is nothing like Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) Task Force, Emblem Collection Task Force, and Revenue Task Forces in the streets of Owerri Municipal anymore,” he said.

Emelumba said that the state government was planning to establish a security outfit to protect residents and their belongings.

He said the meeting also resolved that there would be no longer consultancy involving Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA.

He said Imo would benefit from the State Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Sustenance (SFTAS) guaranteeing the state $20 million due its prudent management of resources.

Emelumba added that the state government had finalised plans to establish model primary schools in the 305 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wards in the state.