COVID-19: Ondo to close boundaries

COVID-19: Ondo to close boundaries

- Ondo state government has closed boundaries against neighbouring states

- States affected are Ekiti, Osun, Kogi, Edo and Ogun

- The government said this precautionary measure against the Covid-19

The Ondo state government has ordered the closure of its boundaries to the neighbouring states of Ekiti, Osun, Kogi, Edo and Ogun from Thursday, April 2, as a precautionary measure against the Covid-19.

Donald Ojogo, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Akure.

Ojogo explained that the trend in respect of COVID-19 and the possibility of its undeterminable spread was observed, saying this informed the directive.

“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,” he said.

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According to him, the order prohibits inter-state travels into the state and takes effect from 6.00 p.m on Thursday, April 2.

He further said that secu­rity operatives, as well as monitoring teams, had been put on alert to enforce the order as part of measures already taken to stem COVID­-19 incursion into Ondo State.

“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 three-day period of fasting and prayers from Thursday to Satur­day 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.

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“May God sustain His grace upon Ondo State,” he said.

Meanwhile, had reported that the drug for the treatment of the dreaded coronavirus will be ready soon if the testing of the vaccine is completed, Professor Maurice Iwu has reportedly said.

Iwu who is the chairman of the Imo State Taskforce on COVID-19 gave the assurance in Owerri on Wednesday, April 1.

The professor of Pharmacognosy from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), had earlier presented a plant-based patented treatment for COVID-19 to the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, which is now been tested in the United States.

Speaking to journalists in Owerri, Professor Iwu disclosed that there is a positive sign that it would soon be ready.

“The work on the drug we are developing is still going on. We are encouraged by the result we are getting. We are getting very positive signs,” he was quoted to have said.

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“Luckily the drug is a safe one. It is drug already in use. We are repurposing it for this particular purpose. So when we finished the studying and testing we are doing, I think the drug will come up in line very very soon,” the professor added.

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