By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Following the high rate of community trasimision of CoronaVirus and poor compliance of lockdown measures, the Ogun State Government has again extended the restriction of movement for a period of one week.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun made this pronouncement on Friday night in his Oke -Mosan Governor office Abeokuta.
Governor Abiodun said that inview of the evidence of community transmission and poor compliance with the lockdown measures, the government is constrained to extend the lockdown for another week till Sunday 24th of May.
According to him, the current pattern of lockdown, with relaxation windows from 7.00am to 5.00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday continues.
He said that the government will continue to monitor the level of compliance with the lockdown measures and incidence of community transmission and hopefully, there will be positive developments that will enable government to further ease the lockdown at the end of this new lockdown period.
He also asked the Gateway citizens to 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 stands.
“In my last week briefing, the number of confirmed cases in Ogun State was 100. But, by yesterday, Thursday 14th May, 2020, we have recorded 34 more positive cases of COVID- 19, bringing the total to 134. This shows an increase of more than 30%, in just one week.
“In the same period, we also discharged 20 additional patients who have been successfully treated at our isolation centers, in addition to the 39 earlier discharged thus bringing the total to 59, who have been given a clean bill of health and have since rejoined their respective families.
“The spike in the number of positive cases, particularly in the last one week, is attributable to two main factors. First is the expanded testing capacity, currently at 450 per day, that has enabled us to embark on aggressive testing.
” The testing has presented us with the stark reality that community transmission is on the increase in our rural and urban communities in Ogun State”.He stressed.
He gave the second factor as poor compliance lock down measures sying, a number of people have continued to flout the measures in place to flatten the curve of the spread.
“Some residents still come out in the public without the use of facemasks or use the facemasks in a manner that do not shield their mouths and noses; motorcycles and tricycles riders still carry more than the approved number of passengers of one and two respectively; and drivers of taxi cab and passenger buses are also culpable in this flagrant violations of the extant guidelines”Abiodun remarked.
He said that markets have also not fully compiled with physical distancing and other measures to ensure the markets do not become the COVID-19 transmission centers
“Ideally, compliance should be seen as a moral responsibility and civic duty. Let me state that we will not tolerate any form of sabotage in our approach and efforts at flattening the curve of COVID-19 in our dear Ogun State. We will not tolerate any act of smuggling of people, either indigenes or non-indigenes in to our dear Ogun State. Anybody found contravening this restriction will be immediately prosecuted.”Abiodun gave this note of warning.
“He stated further that between 4th May and yesterday, 108 violators of the lockdown and other measures have been apprehended and prosecuted.
“They were promptly tried by the newly introduced mobile courts, with some of them made to pay fine whilst some are undergoing community service”.
Abiodun explained that in the same vein, 517 vehicles, 109 motorcycles and 6 tricycles were impounded for breaching the Presidential directive on curfew within the same period.