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Edo state to mass-produce face masks

Edo Government on Monday directed residents who must leave their homes to wear a face mask as precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

Edo has 11 cases of coronavirus.

The State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the state COVID-19 Response Committee, Mr. Philip Shaibu told newsmen that the government has concluded plans to collaborate with local tailors to mass-produce face masks in the state.

According to him, anyone found outside without a face mask will be prosecuted.

Shaibu also said the government has banned the use of hotels as isolation centres by those who returned from other countries.

He said “we have discovered that some returnees use hotels as isolation centres and we are saying it is no longer acceptable. Those who are even isolating themselves at home do not adhere to the rules so it is banned with effect from today.

Only the four designated isolation centres in Auchi general hospital in Edo North, Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo Central, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and Stella Obasanjo hospital in Edo South will be used from now on, he added.

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