Abiodun extends Ogun lockdown for third time, as COVID- 19 cases rise to 30% in one week

Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun has announced the extension of COVID -19 lockdown in the state for another one week till Sunday May 24th .

PLATFORM TIMES reports that the extension of the lockdown in the state will be the third time since the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory.

PLATFORM TIMES further reports that the Governor while addressing newsmen at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta blamed the non – compliance to the safety regulations and the community spread of the virus as reason for extending the lockdown in the state.

PLATFORM TIMES also reports that the number of cases in the state in the last one week have increased with about 30% new cases recorded.

Abiodun also explained that the extension was based on statistical data and feedback from the field.

He added that the feedback from the public opinion poll by the people of the state on Twitter also informed the state government decision to extend the lockdown for additional one week.

Abiodun stressed that, 53% of the 6,000 respondents of the online poll supported the extension of the lockdown, while 43% of the respondents wanted a review of the lockdown strategy.

He added, “Consequently in view of the evidence of community transmission and poor compliance with the lockdown measures, we are constrained to extend the lockdown for another week till Sunday 24th of May. The current pattern of lockdown, with relaxation windows from 7.00am to 5.00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday continues.

“We will continue to monitor the level of compliance with the lockdown measures and incidence of community transmission and hopefully, there will be positive developments that will enable us further ease the lockdown at the end of this new lockdown period.

“We must also bear in mind that the daily curfew from 8pm to 6am and the ban on non-essential inter- State travel as directed by Mr. President still stands.

“Interestingly, the feedback from you, the people of Ogun State, from the Public Opinion Poll hosted on the Twitter also support the extension of the lockdown. Out of about 6,000 respondents of the online poll, 53% support the continuation of the lockdown whilst 43% want a review with 4% undecided.”

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