Following the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria and the federal government order which restricted more than 10 person gathering, there was a low turn out of worshippers for Sunday services across Benue state for fear of coronavirus on Sunday.
Those who attended church services, however, avoid hands shaking with each other as a preventive measure of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) and that of PFN in Benue state had and meeting on Friday and declared a one week fasting against the novel coronavirus disease.
According to Winner’sblog, Christian Association of Nigeria and PFN also directed all their members not to shake hands, but bow down as a sign of greeting.
The directives also included sitting far from each other and thoroughly washing hands before eating to avoid being infected with the virus.
At moat worship centers , few people attended church service as those who spoke to The Nation said they worship in their various homes.
A catholic member Paul Agande told The Nation that he and his family did not attend service for fear of the dreaded virus but worship at home.
Most people were seen rushing to the market to stockpile foodstuff in anticipation that the virus may catch up with Benue state.
There is also a sharp increase in price in goods and services in Benue state following rumors that someone tested positive to the virus in Makurdi.
There was however no confirmation from the commissioner of Health or government officials if Avoid hands shaking could prevent one from contracting the dreaded virus.