COVID - 19: Ogun Bans Gatherings In Clubs, Others As Nigeria Records Five New Cases - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID - 19: Ogun Bans Gatherings In Clubs, Others As Nigeria Records Five New Cases




THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

Following the discovery of five new cases of  coronavirus in Nigeria and announcement of same by the Federal Ministry of Health earlier today,  Ogun State Government has banned high density gatherings in night clubs, cinemas, restaurants and sports arenas for the next 30 days.

The state government said the  measures were  taken to ramp up its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

In a statement by Kunle Somorin,  the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, the Government added that the restriction had to be enforced without prejudice to people’s fundamental rights to association and movement.

It explained that the safety of people and their welfare were of paramount priorities and which couldn't be toyed with.

"We announce the  immediate ban of all high-density gatherings 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," the statement reads.

The Government however, urged people to maintain a high level of suspicion and report any suspected case to the appropriate authorities.

 The Daily Crucible recalls that the five new cases, including mother and a six - week - old baby, had a travel history to the United Kingdom and the United States.

Also, the five new cases comprise of one in Ekiti State and the others(four) in Lagos State.

The Daily Crucible learnt further that three of the new cases landed from the US while the other two arrived from the United Kingdom.

Also, four of the fresh cases were Nigerians while the fifth was a foreigner who entered the country through the land border.

The latest cases bring the number of confirmed cases of COVID  - 19 in Nigeria to eight.

 


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