The Ogun State government has banned all forms of social gathering in bars, restaurants, social clubs, halls, night clubs, and cafes of more than 50 people due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, any gathering of 50 or more persons has been described as high-density, noting that the ban will be in place for 30 days as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
“The safety of our people and their welfare are priorities that cannot be toyed with.
“Further to measures so far taken to ramp up its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Ogun State Government has found it expedient to announce the following additional measures:
“Immediate ban of all high-density gatherings that would bring together 50 or more persons in the same place, such as social clubs, halls, cinemas, night clubs, restaurants, cafes, and sports arenas.
“This measure will be in effect for the next 30 days in the first instance.
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“The government will continue the surveillance initiatives and intensify sensitization on COVID-19. This is more so given the peculiarity of its location as the Nation’s Gateway State and its industrial capital.
“Our epidemiologists and other health workers are working round the clock with Federal agencies and international development agencies to stop the spread of coronavirus,” the statement read.
The index case of the virus in Nigeria, a 44-year-old Italian, was said to have fallen ill in Ewekoro, Ogun State, two days after his arrival in the country. He was later confirmed to have tested positive to COVID-19 in Lagos State.
The second case contracted the disease after coming in contact with the index case in Ogun State. The patient was subsequently transferred to Lagos and eventually recovered after treatment.