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COVID-19: Ogun govt declares total lockdown from Saturday



Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday, declared that the state would be on total lockdown for the next 14 days.

The governor, who made the declaration in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said the measure takes effect from Saturday.

He urged the people of the state to take advantage of the current relaxation window between April 15 and Friday, April 17 to restock food and essential supply to cover the period.

President Muhamadu Buhari had on Sunday, announced the extension of the lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for another 14 days.

According to President Buhari, this was part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Abiodun commended the Federal Government’s effort in combating the virus which had killed at least 11 people in the country.

He appealed to residents of the state to endure the 14 days extension of the lockdown, saying it is the only way to defeat the deadly virus.

The governor added that all borders leading to the state would remain closed.

Abiodun said: “We must deny the virus the vital supply chain required to decimate humanity by complying with all the social distancing measures and maintaining personal hygiene.

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“The current window of relaxation of the lockdown in the state from 7.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m., which follows the same pattern of last week, will still be available for this Wednesday, 15th April, and Friday, 17th April, only.

“This is to allow the residents to prepare for the extension of the lockdown and restock on food and other essential items.”

Abiodun said that wearing of face masks in public would, henceforth, be strictly enforced, adding that wearing of masks would help flatten the curve of the disease transmission.

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