Coronavirus: Ogun State Government demands compulsory wearing of face masks

Coronavirus: Ogun State Government demands compulsory wearing of face masks

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Ogun State Government has declared that the compulsory wearing of face masks in public will commence in the state on Friday, May 1 and anyone caught violating the rule will be arrested and quarantined for 14 days in any of the isolation centers and made to perform community service.


Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, made this declaration during a press briefing held at his private residence in Iperu-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area.


Governor Abiodun disclosed that about two million face masks would be made available and given to those on essential services and people who could not afford it.


The Governor said arrests and compulsory quarantine of face masks violators became necessary because Ogun State currently has 29 confirmed cases out of which 6 have been discharged.


“We are working against the spread of this COVID-19. As from May 1, it will be compulsory for everybody in the state to wear face masks,” he said.


“We deliberately delayed enforcing it so that our people can have enough time to get their own. After May 1, anyone who fails to wear a face mask will be viewed as deliberately planning to infect others and will be arrested and pot in our isolation centres.


“Some of our confirmed cases are immigrants coming to our state through the land borders. The peculiarity of Ogun State put us in a vulnerable position. That means that just as we have advantages, we also have some disadvantages.”


The Governor further disclosed that the state has made testing booths available in border towns and areas with high population density, saying that the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the 250-bed hospital at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, us ready for use.


On the distribution of palliative measures to the indigents and the poor in the state, Governor Abiodun said the second phase of distribution to the poor, vulnerable and elderly, would commence soon.


He also called on all muslims to use this Ramadan period to pray for solutions to Covid-19.

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