All markets in Imo state will be closed down indefinitely at the end of business today (Saturday) as part of measures to forestall the spread of corona-virus into the state.
Similarly, all categories of workers under the employ of the state government except those in essential duties have been directed to stop work with immediate effect.
The State Governor Senator Hope Uzodinma announced this during a broadcast to update residents of the area on measures taken by the government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor also placed a ban on all forms of religious and social activities across the state to ensure that the social distance order is observed by the people.
He explained that the hand sanitizers procured by the government would be given to traditional rulers for onward distribution to the people while a team of health experts are already on the ground to handle any outbreak of the disease.
Governor Uzodinma mainatained that the measures adopted by the government would be reviewed on a weekly basis and urged the people not to panic but be cautious to prevent the disease from finding its way into the state.