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Covid-19: Ogun Extends lockdown for another week over non-compliance with safety rules

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Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for the third time has extended the total lockdown imposed on the State to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic due to non adherence to lockdown rules.

Prince Abiodun who said this while briefing newsmen on the COVID-19 situation and efforts at managing the pandemic in the State, held at the Oke mosan governor's office, said the low-level of compliance in the rules as stipulated by the government has led to the increase in the number of those afflicted with the virus 

His words, " After all considerations, we are constrained to take the painful but necessary decision to continue the eased lockdown of Ogun State for another one week till Sunday, 31st, May, 2020". 

"As we have always maintained the delicate balance between lives and livelihood, we will continue to have our window of relaxation, from 7am to 5pm on Monday, 25th May, 2020; Wednesday, 27th May, 2020 and Friday, 29th May, 2020. 

"We must also bear in mind that the daily curfew from 8pm to 6am and the ban on non-essential inter-State travel as directed by Mr. President still stand.

Governor Abiodun added that "the current phase of the eased lockdown will terminate on 31st May. 

"The second phase, which will commence from the 1st of June, will be accompanied with a further ease of the lockdown and expansion of the windows of relaxation. 

"The guidelines and details will be provided in due course. 

" In the meantime, another round of the distribution of the palliative to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 measures will commence over the weekend.

"I am not unaware of the great discomfort, inconveniences and even deprivations the lockdown, even with the ease and windows of relaxation, have foisted on us all. But the measures to combat COVID- 19, as unpleasant as they are, are the price we all need to pay to stay alive, beyond this period. 

He then enjoined all citizens and residents of Ogun State "to observe all the announced measures so that together we can prevent the continued transmission of COVID-19 and flatten the curve in Ogun State, and by extension, the whole country".

Speaking on government efforts to increase testing capacity, Prince Abiodun stated that a faster turn-around of results is yielding the desired result of tracking the prevalence of the spread of the virus, particularly in our border communities.

" It is note worthy to mention that the team from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) arrived today to certify our molecular laboratory in Sagamu, this laboratory should be available for use in the next few days. 

"This will further boost our testing capacity from the current 450 tests to 600 tests per day. 

"We will continue to be guided by science and data which has allowed us to model the prevalence of the spread of the virus, anticipate and prepare accordingly".

On the update of the spread of the covid-19 in the State, the governor said "the week recorded the highest number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in our dear State since the index case in February, 2020. In fact, on one single day, on Tuesday, 19th May, we recorded 25 new cases. 

"The total new cases in the last one week is 49, thus bringing the cumulative total of confirmed cases to 183. 

"I am delighted that a new batch of 36 cases who have been successfully cared for at our Treatment Centers have been given a clean bill of health to rejoin their families, thus bringing the total number of those discharged to 97. Cumulative number of discharged patients to date which is 97 or 53% of total positive cases is an improvement over the comparative figure of 59 or 44% of last week We thank God that we did not record any new mortality from the virus in the last one week, though we have regrettably recorded a total number 6 mortalities. 

"This leaves us with 80 active cases who are currently receiving care and treatment at our Treatment centers. I am pleased to report that the rate of recovery is encouraging and reassuring. We pray that this continues to be the case. But we cannot ignore the fact that we are having a sudden rise in the number of new cases. 

"We all decried an increase of 30% last week when I was giving the weekly update. This week’s increase of over 37% is even more worrisome, particularly as we are still under an eased lockdown. And, considering the demography and location of the confirmed cases, we can confirm that community transmission is on the increase in our State".