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COVID-19: Osun Govt. Bans Large Gatherings, Advises Social Distancing

The Government of the State of Osun has placed a ban on all gatherings that would bring together fifty or more persons in the same place.

The measure which takes immediate effect and will be in place until further notice is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Ismail Omipidan.

The ban will affect all schools in Osun State, Churches, Mosques, Night Clubs and Sports arenas among others.

The government, which advised the citizenry not to panic as no case has been recorded in the state so far, said it arrived at the decision it took after wide consultations with health professionals and stakeholders in the health sector over the COVID-19 pandemic.

It further states that the ban became necessary following the Federal Government’s directive to ensure precautionary measures are taken to prevent the spread of the disease. 

Besides, the government noted that the mere fact that few cases have been reported in its neighbouring states makes it imperative to act.

The Osun State government also urge residents to observe the precautionary protocols of thorough washing of hands with soap and clean water and the use of hand sanitiser; observing social distance and avoiding large gatherings, and alerting the authority of any suspected case. 

It adds that the Technical Action Committee is working round the clock to beef up the state’s capacity for epidemiological control and management.

Adenitan Akinola

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