By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Residents of Kwara State must use a face mask in public places, keep physical distancing or stay indoors beginning from Friday, July 24th, the government announced on Monday.
The government has traced the spike in cases of COVID-19 largely to people not adhering to safety protocols of NCDC.
The government added that violators of the latest directive — including shop owners and drivers of commercial or p,rivate vehicles —risk arrest and prosecution from July 31st under the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye said this at a news briefing in Ilorin on Monday,
He said the government is disturbed by the rising cases in the state and would spare no effort to flatten the curve and protect the people.
He added that the government would meet with the leadership of the Muslim community on Wednesday, July 22nd to discuss the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha — a period of mass gathering and celebration —and agree on the safest way to curb further spread of the virus.
Ajakaye said both Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and his Deputy Kayode Alabi have both undergone test for the virus which came back negative, adding however that a few workers in Government House have tested positive and are being managed at the centre of the infectious disease.