By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA: Following the global spread of the deadly epidemic, Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19, the Ogun state government has extended its ban on social gathering of over 50 people to both public and private schools as well as social gathering in the state.
Recall, the state government had recently ban all social activities of more than 50 people without outright inclusion of schools and religious activities.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Kunle Somorin indicated that, all schools in the State would remain closed indefinitely after school hours on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Also, all religious centres and activities including regular and special services that bring together 50 or more persons in the same place are banned with immediate effect.
The statement reads “These measures will be reviewed at regular intervals in response to the development surrounding the Corona virus disease.”
“The Government, therefore, enjoins all parents and guardians who have their children and wards in any boarding facility within the State to immediately evacuate them and return them to their respective homes at the close of schools on Friday, March 20th, 2020.”
“Governor Dapo Abiodun thankfully acknowledges and appreciates religious leaders for their advice, understanding solidarity and support, as we jointly search for solution to the pandemic and for their cooperation to observe all safety measures in the overall interest of our State and common humanity.”
In the statement, the state government emphasised the need to observe global best practice of social distancing as way of curtailing the spread of the pandemic.
It also recommended that as much as possible, people should minimize contact with others and maintain a distance of at least five feet between one another in public places or in public transportation.
Governor Abiodun equally pleads for the understanding of parents, school owners and the entire citizenry to comply fully with all laid down measures and for them to offer useful information for the state to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 challenge.
The Governor further encourages people to maintain a high level of personal hygiene and surveillance.
He added that suspected cases should be reported at the nearest Primary Healthcare Centre (PHCs) in all the 236 wards in the State or the Emergency Operations Centre on COVID-19 by telephone on 08188978393 or 08188978392.