By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dr Dapo Abiodun as extended the current phase of lockdown for another two weeks, as the government continued to review the guidelines in response to data from the field and expert opinions.
The government’s position was contained in a press release issued in Abeokuta by Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abiodun on Saturday.
The Statement noted that available data and opinions of experts continued to indicate that the fight against the virus is far from being won.
He explained that a total number of 4,072 people have been tested out of which 898 tested positive.
According to him, “Amongst the positive cases, 609 have been successfully treated and discharged. Sadly, there have been a total of 19 deaths with 270 active cases.
“One of our border Local Governments is one of the Local Governments with the highest number of cases in the country because of the level of testing.
“This high level of prevalence may also be obtainable in other Local Governments as we ramp up testing. All this emphasises the need for us to exercise high level of restraint as the State can neither afford more fatalities or allow the rate of sickness to outnumber the capacity to manage the sick.
“Consequently, we are extending our current Phase of eased restrictions for another two weeks. As usual, we will continuously review and modify the guidelines in response to data from the field and expert opinions.”
While noting the recent lifting of the ban on interstate travels by the federal government, he expressed that the State would monitor the development to determine its impact on the COVID-19 situation and will not hesitate to make appropriate adjustment, in consultation with the federal government.
He said, “Schools are to remain shut. A committee has been set up to engage all stakeholders – public and private school owners – and develop Guidelines for a safe reopening of our schools, especially to allow certificate classes to resume and write their examinations.”
The government reiterated that “All five working days in the week (Monday to Friday) are still open for businesses and other economic transactions with only Saturday and Sunday as lockdown days;
“Commercial activities are not permitted on weekends, Churches and mosques activities will remain closed;
“Observation of dusk-to-dawn curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) i.e. between 10.00pm and 4.00am daily; Wearing of face masks in the public is still mandatory; And only one passenger is still allowed for motorcycles and two passengers only for tricycles. Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and the measure to arrest and impound any driver that contravenes this in our State is still in force;
“The COVID-19 Task Force in markets must continue to ensure physical distancing, availability of handwashing facilities, and use of gloves and facemasks for traders.”