COVID-19: Ondo cancels crossover service over second wave

COVID-19: Ondo cancels crossover service over second wave

- In a decisive bid to curb the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, Ondo state government has taken crucial steps

- There will be no crossover service in churches across the state at midnight on January 1, 2021

- The decision of the government was announced by Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, the chairman Ondo committee on coronavirus

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Due to fears over the second wave of COVID-19 spreading across Ondo, the state government has cancelled crossover service in churches across the state.

The government in a decisive bid to curb further spread on Wednesday, December 23, scratched services scheduled to hold at midnight of January 1, 2021, The Punch reports.

Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, the chairman, Ondo State Inter-Ministerial Committee on coronavirus, made the announcement while speaking with journalists in Akure, the state capital.

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According to him, no church service organised in regards to the new year festivities should exceed 10 p.m.

COVID-19: Ondo cancels crossover service over second wave
Annual crossover service has been cancelled by the Ondo state government. Photo credit: @RotimiAkeredolu
Source: Twitter also gathered that the southwest state also postponed the resumption of pupils in primary and secondary schools from Monday, January 4, 2021, to January 18, 2021.

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Meanwhile, reported that the federal government restricted the number of persons that will be allowed in religious and festive gatherings with effect from Tuesday, December 22.

The government's directive was announced on Monday, December 21, by the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.

Mustapha revealed that this move from the government came after the PTF submitted its recommendations which were majorly influenced by the latest moves made by top nations to slow down the spread of the pandemic's new strain.

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Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari's aide on social media, has said the new COVID-19 restrictions announced by the federal government, especially the one on religious gatherings, is in no way an attempt to deny churches of offerings and tithes.

Reacting to the announcement via a thread of tweets on Tuesday, December 22, Onochie said the task force's decision “is a matter of life and death.”

The presidential aide added that the government took the decision to save lives and not to deny Nigerians the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with their families and loved ones.

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