The Kwara state government has announced the total lockdown of the state as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, (Coronavirus) in the state.
According to the press statement made available to Naija News by Rafiu Ajakaiye the Cheif Press secretary to the Kwara state government, the curfew starts by 5 am to 6 pm. from 6 pm on Friday till further notice
Announcing the lockdown of the state during the press conference earlier today, the State Deputy Governor and Chairman Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi said that the total lockdown is a renewed effort to contain the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19)
Mr Alabi also said violators of the pronouncement may face prosecution in line with the state regulations on the pandemic — except vehicles carrying goods and services such as food and drugs and categories earlier exempted in a recent address by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The administration also commended Abuja and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for their technical supports, including recently helping to strengthen the government’s response team and training of its LGA disease surveillance and notification officers (DSNOs) on COVID-19 preparedness, response and surveillance.
The government however said a total lockdown was necessary to flatten the curve of transmission at this time. Alabi also expressed strong disapproval of the alleged stigmatisation of COVID-19 patients or other persons and communities on account of their contacts with any patient.
He warned that anyone caught doing so may be prosecuted in line with the regulation and relevant laws.
His words: “The government is dismayed by reports of some people stigmatising the families, relations and acquaintances of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19. This development is not only unhealthy but it is in fact inimical to the efforts to trace contacts and flatten the curve of transmission of the virus.