- Religious Congregational gathering remain banned · Trucks conveying foods, services exempted
Kwara State Government announced that it now has a total of four persons who tested positive to CIVID 19 and has therefore reviewed its lock down order expressing that the lapses noticed in the previous relaxation of its directive necessitated the new action.
Announcing the new position the Chairman of COVID 19 Technical committee, Kayode Alabi while addressing Journalists on Tuesday said that with the new arrangement, residents are allowed to patronize neighbourhood shops and markets while observing all safety protocols.
Alabi added that commercial and private vehicles are now barred from operating, except trucks and trailers conveying food stuffs, medicines and other essential services earlier exempted by the government in its effort to contain COVID-19.
“COVID-19 is an emerging public health development across the world and governments are studying situations and making adjustments to cope with the emergency,” Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on Covid-19 Kayode Alabi told a news briefing on Tuesday.
The Chairman said that marketers may now set up shops in schools and open spaces in their neighbourhood between 8 am and 12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays emphasizing that all religious congregational prayers remain banned as it had been.
“Kwara now has four cases of COVID-19. They are two males and two females. As you may be aware, we have carried out a total of 42 tests, 29 of which were negative. We are waiting for nine results which may come in possibly later this evening. As I said earlier, we have four confirmed cases. Three of them show no symptoms. Only one is showing some symptoms but is stable. Of these four cases, one is a contact of the index case. The other was a patient at the UITH but now at the state’s isolation centre. There is a risk of community transmission which must be curtailed. The good news is that our rapid response team is in firm control of the situation — thanks to the support of the NCDC team led by own son Dr Shuaib Belgore and the COVID-19 Committee.
“Last week, the Kwara State Technical Committee announced some measures to enable people go out to get food and other essentials on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In handing down these measures, the government called for respect for social distancing and other safety protocols.
“We experimented with the measure on Monday and observations were made. Accordingly, the committee is making the following adjustments:
“We continue to appreciate our health workers for their priceless contributions to this effort. We urge the people of Kwara State to remain patient. We call for increased personal hygiene. This is the time for everyone to take responsibility for our individual and collective health.”