UPDATED: Oyo discovers 84 suspected COVID-19 cases as Makinde imposes curfew

The Oyo State Governor , Seyi Makinde , has ordered a dusk -to- dawn curfew in the state after two new confirmed cases were confirmed and 84 new suspected infections discovered.

Makinde made this known via a series of tweets on Saturday morning .

This is coming a few hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced that Oyo had recorded three cases of COVID -19 .

The governor also banned all inter -states transportation , shuts markets and restricted gatherings to not more than 10 persons.

He tweeted , “ The COVID -19 confirmation test for two suspected cases has come back positive . The isolation process has been initiated .

84 Persons of Interest have been identified , and contact tracing and collection of samples have commenced .

“ The state ’ s diagnostic centre set up in collaboration with the University College Hospital is now ready .

The @NCDCgov certification is still pending but the Director- General of NCDC has made a pre -statement about the molecular laboratory in Oyo State.

“ The index case remains stable and is still under observation in the isolation unit at Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho .

The number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is now three .

“ As a result of this , I have directed that the following additional measures be put in place : a dusk- to-dawn curfew ( 7 pm to 6 am); no gatherings of more than 10 people should be held anywhere in Oyo State .

“ From Sunday night, March 29 , 2020 , all markets will be closed except those selling perishable food items.
“ Also , inter -state transportation into and out of the state will be suspended except vehicles carrying food items , medical , pharmaceutical and petroleum products .

This takes effect from Sunday night, March 29 , 2020 . All measures will be reviewed on a weekly basis .”

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