The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Friday expressed worry over the increasing cases of Coronavirus in the State, thereby extending the lockdown by another one week.
The Governor while addressing journalists at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office, bemoaned the total disobedience of residents of the State to the compulsory use of nose mask and the social distancing order.
According to Governor Abiodun, the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the State had risen to 100 while two patient lost their lives, there are 78 active cases who are still receiving treatment in the various Isolation centres in the State.
The Governor also issued a firm warning to violators of inter-State travel ban, insisting that would not hesitate to deal with anyone found culpable.
Governor Abiodun said, “A number which was single digit for almost three weeks before the lockdown, has suddenly jumped to 3- digits within days, even with the lockdown and the window for relaxation. In the last one week, the number of confirmed cases in our dear Ogun State has risen to more than double.”
“The fact is that we are recording an astronomical increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. As at Thursday, 7th May, 2020, we had 100 confirmed cases of Covid- 19 in Ogun State. 20 of them have been discharged to re-join their respective families and restart normal life.”
“To preserve the lives of our people, we are persuaded to extend the current modified lockdown, which has been slightly eased, for another one week alongside the current guidelines. This will be reviewed, as usual, on a weekly basis.”
“Let me state unequivocally that we will not tolerate any further breach on the ban of inter-State travel. Anybody found culpable will be treated for committing a crime against Ogun State and visited with the full weight of the law.”
“We have also noted the unpatriotic acts of some individuals who try to breach the ban on inter-State travel by smuggling people across the inter-State borders in trucks conveying essential items.”
“As at today, we have screened over 10,000 people and tested over 700. In addition to that, we have intensified our contact tracing capacity and have traced over 551 contacts of the COVID-19 positive patients. We are doing this to detect and treat people who are already infected rather than leaving them undetected which will be more detrimental because this will increase community transmission”, the Governor added.