By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Following the confirmation of the second case of corona virus in Osun State, the State Government on Sunday announced a total lockdown.
The Government reaffirmed that all the land boundaries in the State will be shut as from midnight of Sunday, March 29, 2020.
The Governor of the State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, who made the disclosure during a statewide broadcast on Sunday morning said movement within the state would be restricted from Tuesday, March 31.
Oyetola said those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be on duty.
He described the decision as imperative in view of the devastating nature of the pandemic, adding that the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens when an emergency occurs.
Oyetola who expressed sadness over the latest incident, reiterated that the decision remained the only way to go if the State was to contain the spread of the disease.
“We believe this is the way to go, if we must contain the spread of this virus. To this end, we urge citizens and residents to take advantage of the hours between now and Tuesday to stock up provisions that will last them two weeks in the first instance,” the governor said.
Oyetola however urged the residents not to panic by the new measures but continue to adhere to government’s instructions and directives on the need for them to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures, including regular washing of hands with water and soap and also maintain the prescribed social distancing.
He commended the critical stakeholders led by the former Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole; taskforce and health officers for their selfless service to humanity.