By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has announced another extension of the lockdown in the state by another week.
He gave the directive at a Press Conference held at his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The new lockdown period, he said will begin on Monday, 25th and end on Sunday 31st, 2020.
Governor Abiodun said the new lockdown became necessary following the increase of new cases recorded in the last one week.
He said despite the eased of lockdown, the state has recorded an increased of over 37% which amount to 49 new cases in the last one week, thus, bringing the cumulative total number of confirmed cases to 183.
He equally announced that, another set of 36 patients have been discharged and reunited with their families bringing the total number of discharged patients to 97.
According to the governor, 80 active cases who are currently receiving care and treatment at treatment centres across the state.
He said, “I am pleased to report that the rate of recovery is encouraging and reassuring. We pray that this continues to be the case. But we cannot ignore the fact that we are having a sudden rise in the number of new cases. We all decried an increase of 30% last week when I was giving the weekly update.
“In this regard, the last one week has been quite eventful, albeit unusually. There were two significant situations that I must brief you on. First, the week recorded the highest number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in our dear State since the index case in February, 2020. In fact, on one single day, on Tuesday, 19th May, we recorded 25 new cases.
“The total new cases in the last one week is 49, thus bringing the cumulative total of confirmed cases to 183. I am delighted that a new batch of 36 cases who have been successfully cared for at our Treatment Centers have
been given a clean bill of health to rejoin their families, thus bringing the total number of those discharged to 97.
“Cumulative number of discharged patients to date which is 97 or 53% of total positive cases is an improvement over the comparative figure of 59 or 44% of last week We thank God that we did not record any new mortality from the virus in the last one week, though we have regrettably recorded a total number 6 mortalities.
“This leaves us with 80 active cases who are currently receiving care and treatment at our Treatment centers. I am pleased to report that the rate of recovery is encouraging and reassuring. We pray that this continues to be
“But we cannot ignore the fact that we are having a sudden rise in the number of new cases. We all decried an increase of 30% last week when I was giving the weekly update. This week’s increase of over 37% is even more worrisome, particularly as we are still under an eased lockdown. And, considering the demography and location of the confirmed cases, we can confirm that community transmission is on the increase in our State”.
On the molecular laboratory, Abiodun said: “Our approach of increased testing capacity and faster turn-around of results is yielding the desired result of tracking the prevalence of the spread of the virus, particularly in our border communities. It is noteworthy to mention that the team from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) arrived today to certify our molecular laboratory in Sagamu, this laboratory should be available for use in the next few days.
“This will further boost our testing capacity from the current 450 tests to 600 tests per day. We will continue to be guided by science and data which has allowed us to model the prevalence of the spread of the virus, anticipate and prepare accordingly.
“However, I must say that the level of compliance with the laid- down precautionary measures in the fight against COVID-19 is not yet at the desired level. Some people still flagrantly flout the Presidential ban on inter-State travel for non-essential services and the daily night curfew. For example, four people from Kotangora, Niger State, were intercepted right in front of the Governor’s Office, here at Abeokuta on Monday, this week.
” What is worrisome is how they managed to beat all the security barricades along the state borders and within the States that they passed through before getting into our dear State. Whilst we are battling with internal migration, the immigrants from outside the country through our international land borders have also not given up, despite the closure of international borders. Nineteen (19) nationals from Togo and Ivory-Coast
were intercepted after crossing into Ogun State, nay Nigeria through illegal land border routes on Wednesday. They are being quarantined at Idi-Iroko, pending repatriation back to their countries.
“On the domestic front, many of our people are yet to fully appreciate that their welfare and well-being are their personal responsibilities. Many are still not complying with the precautionary measures and guidelines. In the last one week, the security agencies apprehended and charged before the Mobile Courts 224 violators of the lockdown and Presidential directive on curfew.
“Some motorists still carry more than the approved number of passengers whilst some people still move about in the public without use of the face masks. This is the new normal and we must accept it. It is the compliance that will help us to further ease the lockdown.”
The Governor, while congratulating the muslim faithful on the end of Ramadan, urged them to observe their Eid-el-Fitri prayers at their various homes.