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COVID-19: Ekiti threatens return of total lockdown

…as committee of school reopening underway

The Ekiti State government on Tuesday expressed worry over the lackadaisical attitudes being exhibited towards the preventive guidelines to contain the spread of Covid-19, threatening a return to total lockdown in the state.

The State government said it may have to return to lockdown season, if guidelines of the containment of the disease as stipulated by World Health Organisation, such as obeying interstate movement ban, social and physical distancing, mandatory use of face masks and hand sanitizers, as well as other protocols, does not adhere to.

The Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, said this while giving an update on the COVID 19 situation in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday.

Olumilua said the Governor of the State, Kayode Fayemi was also disturbed by the porosity of Ekiti borders, which he said accounted for the upsurge in the number of COVID-19 active cases in the state.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi was not interested in inflicting hardship on Ekiti people and that was responsible for why he reopened economic activities between Monday and Friday.

“As of now, Ekiti has nine active cases and we are not happy with the ways social distancing, use of sanitizers, face masks and infrared thermometers were being disobeyed in public places.

“We are still maintaining that stand that banks, shops, shopping malls, eateries, market men and women must keep to all these guidelines to prevent community spread of COVID-19 in Ekiti. We are still at a stage where we have not had community spread because those who came to infect our people here came from outside the state. But should our people refuse to abide by the protocols, we will be left with no other option than to return total lockdown to avert community spread”, the commissioner said.

On the reopening of schools, Olumilua said a committee comprising government’s delegates, Parents Teachers’ Association and proprietors of schools is being mulled by Governor Fayemi to interact and come up with recommendations that can facilitate easy return of students to schools.

“We are not in a hurry to reopen schools, because we knew that we have to provide all necessary facilities like running water, sanitizers and infrared thermometers in all schools in order not to endanger the lives of our pupils. The committee will soon begin work and their recommendations will be implemented to help in this regard”, Olumilua stated

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