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The Ondo State Government has ordered the closure of all borders that serve as entry points into the state.
The directive, which was given on Wednesday evening, was part of measure to secure the state from spread of the raging coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Also residents of the state were enjoined to embark on a 3-day fast by seeking the face of God in the fight against the deadly virus, as well as God’s grace over the state.
According to the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo in a press statement, the directive takes effect from 6.00 pm on Thursday, 2nd April, 2020.
The statement read, “having observed the trend in respect of COVID-19 and the possibility of its undeterminable spread, the Government of Ondo State has ordered the closure of its borders with the neighbouring states of Ekiti, Osun, Kogi, Edo and Elefon, our coastal border with Ogun which in the recent past, has witnessed heavy human traffic from Lagos and Ogun.
“This order prohibits inter-state travels into the state and takes effect from 6.00 pm on Thursday, 2nd April, 2020. Security operatives as well as monitoring teams have been put on the alert to enforce this order as part of measures already taken to stem COVID-19 incursion into Ondo State.”
Ojogo added that, “to His Glory, Ondo State has remained one of the states in the country without a single confirmed case of COVID-19. This is an uncommon Grace Government and indeed, the people must not take for granted.
“As a way of thanking God and seeking His face for this immeasurable Grace and continuous Favour, Government hereby declares a 3-day period of fasting and prayers commencing from Thursday, 2nd to Saturday, 4th April for Ondo State and the country at large.
“Government therefore, urges the good people of Ondo State to use this period to stand firm in prayers and remain inexorable in His praise as mankind faces this pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Ondo State is the only state among the six south west states that is yet to record any positive case of the coronavirus disease.