-Worried by the rising number of COVID-19 infections in the state, Osun has taken drastic action to stop the spread
- Governor Oyetola ordered a total lockdown of some local government areas
- The action was announced by the state government on Saturday, July 4
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The government of Osun has totally locked down four local government areas in the southwest state following the increasing number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
Premium Times reports that the lockdown was ordered by the head of the government, Governor Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, July 4.
The commencement of the total lockdown was confirmed by state's information commissioner, Funke Egbemode in a press statement.
The local governments affected are:
1. Ilesa East
2. Ilesa West
3. Atakumosa East and
4. Atakumosa West
The lockdown begins officially in a few days time on Tuesday, July 7.
Egbemode said the decision to lock down the local government areas was reached after a meeting of government and stakeholders.
She gave some details of the lockdown in the listed local governments.
"For the four local government areas, all markets will remain shut, only neighbourhood markets and pharmacies will be allowed to open.
"There must be strict adherence to stipulated physical distancing, the use of face masks, and observance of all other precautionary measures and established protocols of the NCDC," Egbemode said.
Osun government's move came just days after Legit.ng reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of neighbouring Ondo state announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus infection.
The governor made the disclosure on Tuesday, June 30, via a video shared on his official and verified Twitter account.
Akeredolu said at the time of receiving his test result, he was asymptomatic but has since gone into self-isolation.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control released the latest updates of the deadly coronavirus pandemic as it affects states throughout the country on Friday, July 3.
From the record contained on the commission's Twitter page on Friday, Lagos state retained its position as the epicentre of COVID-19 all over the country with 87 cases.
Although the health agency announced that not less than 11, 069 patients have fully recovered from the disease, the death toll has hit an alarming number of 628.
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