…Threatens To Shut Down Hotels That Host Abroad Returnees
Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has expressed the fear that number of confirmed cases COVID-19 may increase in the state if drastic actions are not taken to slow down spread of the virus in the state.
The Governor, in a recorded video which was circulated on social media, said information has it that some abroad returnees in the past few weeks may not have self-isolated themselves and may eventually transmit it to citizens who do not have abroad travel history.
While noting that the state government is very reluctant to a total shut down of the state because of it consequent hardship, Obaseki noted that in order to curtail spread of the virus, the state government has decided to adopt a more stringent measure.
He said in the video, “Edo State government is very reluctant to the total shut down of the state because of the hardship it will cause to our people.
“However, if we are going to stop the spread of the virus, every body must be involved. It must be a shared responsibility. Government alone cannot stop it without the active cooperation of the citizens.
“The virus does not spread on it own, it is people that spread it. So, if we can restrict movement of people and adhere to precautionary measures, the spread will reduce.
“Government, therefore, wants to strictly enforce all the guidelines in reducing the spread.”
He disclosed that, to this effect, it is forbidden in the state, in the next 14 days, for anyone to be in public places without using a facemask.
Obaseki said the state government has liaised with Edo State Association of Tailors and Fashion Designers for the mass production of reuseable facemask at affordable prices to people in the state.
Obaseki, while emphasising that gathering above 20 persons remains prohibited, said any driver who does not adhere to the social distancing rule would be prosecuted after his vehicle must have been impounded.
The Governor threatened to shut down any hotel hosting any abroad returnee who has not submitted him or herself to the state COVID-19 response team for screening.
Edo State has so far recorded 11 confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus so far.
Recall Obaseki has been in self-isolation for the past 14 days after having contact with some persons who test positive of the virus.