Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has extended the lockdown in the state by another one week as the dreaded Coronavirus cases increased in the state.
Abiodun spoke at his Oke Mosan office in Abeokuta on Friday.
The governor noted that it was important to extend the lockdown owing to the disregard for the guidelines and international protocol as rolled out before now.
He added that the state was recording an astronomical increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
“A number which was single digit for almost three weeks before the lockdown, has suddenly jumped to 3- digits within days, even with the lockdown and the window for relaxation.
” In the last one week, the number of confirmed cases in our dear Ogun State has risen to more than double. As at Thursday, 7th May, 2020, we had 100 confirmed cases of Covid- 19 in Ogun State.
“20 of them have been discharged to re-join their respective families and restart normal life. Unfortunately, we have recorded a total of 2 deaths.
“This leaves us with 78 active cases who are currently receiving efficient treatment at our treatment centers. As usual, we hope and pray that they will also be discharged in due course.
He reassured the people that there was no reason for panic, saying that the government would continue to do what was right, fair and proper for the benefit of all the people of the state .
“We have continued to ensure that we increase our pace and widen the coverage of our testing process. As at today, we have screened over 10,000 people and tested over 700.
“In addition to that, we have intensified our contact tracing capacity and have traced over 551 contacts of the COVID-19 positive patients. We are doing this to detect and treat people who are already infected rather than leaving them undetected which will be more detrimental because this will increase community transmission.
“You, the entire people of Ogun State, have not elected me to make easy decisions. And tough decisions, we have to make. Now, to preserve the lives of our people, we are persuaded to extend the current modified lockdown, which has been slightly eased, for another one weeks alongside the current guidelines. This will be reviewed, as usual, on a weekly basis.
“Windows of relaxation will continue to be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 7.00am to 5.00pm on each day of the window of relaxation,” the governor said.