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COVID-19: Ogun bans high density gatherings

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Ogun State government, on Wednesday has placed a ban on gathering of more than 50 people in the state to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.



This was contained in a press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kunle Somorin, said the measure was taken by the state government to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. 


Somorin explained that, the restriction was enforced without prejudice to people's fundamental rights to association and movement, because safety of the people remains the priority of the government. 


He said the government would continue to engage all stakeholders including the religious leaders to sensitize the people on the need to maintain social distancing and collective effort to combat the pandemic. 


"Further to measures so far taken to ramp up its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Ogun State Government has found it expedient to announce the following additional measures:


"Immediate ban of all high-densitygatherings that would bring together 50 or more persons in the same place, such as social clubs, halls, cinemas, night clubs, restaurants, cafes, and sport arenas. This measure will be in effect for the next 30 days in the first instance.


"The Government will continue the surveillance initiatives and intensify sensitisation on COVID-19. This is more so given the peculiarity of its location as the Nation’s Gateway State and its industrial capital. 


"Our epidemiologists and other health workers are working round the clock with Federal agencies and international development agencies to stop the spread of corona virus."


In view of the recent confirmed cases in the country, Governor Abiodun reassures the populace that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that the state is prepared at all times to respond appropriately. 


He further encouraged people to maintain a high level of suspicion and report any suspected case to the appropriate authorities.