By Ononye VC
There is great fear that the second deadly wave of the Coronavirus pandemic which came with a special strain is responsible for several reported untimely deaths of some prominent people and other citizens of the state.
Indicators of such fear is the recent order by the Anambra State Government slamming curfew on the citizens to restrict movement between 9pm and 6am indefinitely.
While citizens query the idea of the curfew between 9pm and 6am when majority of citizens were already indoors,government officials insist that the measure was targeted at places of mass gatherings like night crusade grounds,hotels and restaurants, prostitutes who violate the night and other night crooners to cool their heels.
Reports say while the curfew lasts,it will help control movement of criminals and other undesirable elements who use the cover of darkness to operate.
But those who argued against it said the curfew was “needless ” since politicians find time to gather in their numbers just as churches,markets and funeral ceremonies are in top gear.
Death of some prominent citizens may not have been caused by COVID-19 but could be by ordinary natural causes but unfortunately generating concerns at this Covid-19 era.
Following this development, various churches including the Catholic,recently put up stringent measures to fight Covid-19.
They include compulsory wearing of nose masks before entering the church,social distancing (though grossly violated) use of hand sanitizers and Public enlightenment.
It would be recalled that one of the recent numerous measures of the Catholic Bishops of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province led by Archbishop Valerian Okeke is reduction in duration of all masses across parishes in the province.
Some of the prominent Anambrarians whose sudden death shook the state are,an aide to Governor Willie Obiano Barr.Mabel Ebele Ejikeme,the proprietor of Tansian University, Monsignor Johnbosco Akam,former Anambra State House of Assembly member Hon Uzama Okpalaeke,the traditional ruler of Igbariam Chief Kelly Nzekwe among many others.
During the week,Covid-19 global cases Rose to record 106,907,109 cases.The number of global deaths is said to be 2,333,182.
In Nigeria, the NCDC reports that official number of deaths is 1,667 while the general number of infected persons is 139,748 while active cases stood at 24,556.
By Ononye VC