Residents of Ilorin, Monday flooded the major markets of the state capital to stock food in a bid to beat the four hour window allowed by the state government’s order on total lockdown of the state.
The state government’s lockdown order which entered the third day Monday, had allowed a four hour grace from 10am to 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, to enable people buy food, medicines and transact their businesses in banks.
DAILY POST reports that at exactly 10am the hitherto deserted major roads, streets and markets were filled with people in the desperate rush to beat the 2pm deadline allowed by the government.
Food stuff traders had a field day as prices of commodities hiked, even as social distancing was thrown to the winds in most markets visited.
However, medicine and cold stores complied with the social distancing safety protocols with hand sanitizers provided by the operators for customers who queued to be attended to.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raju Razak, says two of the COVID-19 patients earlier reported out of the four index cases were responding to treatment at the isolation centre in Ilorin and may soon be discharged once they test negative for the disease.
In an update on COVID-19 in the state, he said 33 were carried out, with four confirmed cases, 29 negative and no death recorded so far.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Sunday on twitter handle said “I regret to announce that we have two new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Kwara state. This brings the total number of active cases to four.
“We will continue to intensify our efforts to trace and test suspected cases. All hands must be on deck to flatten the curve of transmission in the state.
“Do your part, maintain personal hygiene, stay at home and keep social distancing,” he further appealed to the citizens.