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Friday, 20 March 2020

COVID 19 : Osun Closes Schools, Churches And Mosques

COVID 19 : Osun Ban Schools, Churches And Mosques
Osun State

The Osun State Government has imposed a ban on all gatherings which would bring together 50 or more people in the same place.

This measure will take effect immediately, and will be in place until further notice.

The ban would affect, among others, all of Osun's schools, churches, mosques, night clubs and sports arenas.

The government, which advised the citizenry not to panic, especially because no case has been recorded in the state so far, noted that it arrived at the decision it took after wide consultations with health professionals and stakeholders in the health sector over COVID-19.

The government noted in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan, that the ban became relevant following the directive of the Federal Government to ensure precautionary steps are taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

The government also noted that the simple fact that few cases have been registered in its neighboring states makes acting imperatively.

"As of 18 March 2020, the total number of cases declared by the Honorable Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, is eight (8), with one of the five (5) new cases confirmed in Ekiti State on Wednesday.

"Although we have not reported any case of the deadly virus as a responsible government, we must be prepared so that we are not caught unawares. The corona virus outbreak is a complex public health emergency, the kind the world has never seen." Thus, in order to protect our dear state, our children and our economy, our collective response and sacrifice would be needed. Governments at the level of both state and local government will lead but we will all have to do our bit to get through this bad patch.

"As a responsible and sensitive government that puts priority on its people's well-being, we will be shielding our citizens from possible and real threats.

"We also encourage our citizens to follow with devotion the precautionary procedures of rigorous hand washing with soap and clean water and the use of hand sanitizers; to follow social distance and to avoid large gatherings, and to warn the authority of every suspicious case."Our Technical Action Committee works round the clock to improve the State's capacity for epidemiological and man safety. Therefore, we call on people not to give in to irrational fear "the statement continued.

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