Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
Kwara State now has recorded five new confirmed Coronavirus cases bringing the total to nine.
The state’s deputy governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, who is also the Chairman of the State COVID-19 Technical Committee, told journalists that the fresh five cases were discovered within two days.
He said that of the nine, two had recovered which prompted their discharge, while the five new cases were contacts from previous cases.
“They had been in self isolation from where their samples were taken. As we speak, our hardworking rapid response team have since started aggressive contact tracing of persons who have had contacts with them”, he disclosed.
The deputy governor also said the arrangement was to prevent community transmission of the disease Corona Virus and put the state in firm control of the situation.
His words, “The truth is that we are in a dire situation. Drastic measures, as we have taken, are required to urgently contain the spread of this virus before it kills everyone or brings down human civilisation as it is threatening to do.
“Our best shot is to stay at home, maintain physical distancing, constantly wash our hands, and practice good coughing or sneezing etiquette, among other safety protocols”, he stated.
Apparently expressing the state government’s displeasure with the people for poor compliance with the extant laws on movement restriction and the attendant lockdown, the deputy governor said more strict enforcement of the law would commence.
He continued, “The government is very displeased with the reckless violation of the no-movement directive. Going forward, punitive actions shall be taken against anyone who violates the regulations.
“All our markets remain open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 8a.m. and 12noon for people to restock food and other essentials.
“There shall however be no vehicular movements of any kind except for those on essential duties and trucks conveying foods and drugs and associated services earlier exempted.
“For emphasis, Okada, Keke Napep, taxi, private vehicles and other vehicular movements are disallowed.
People are to patronise only markets nearer to their places of residence. Movements to the markets shall be by foot”, he warned.
Talking tough still, Alabi said, “Anyone caught violating these regulations will be prosecuted in the mobile courts and sanctioned accordingly.
“People are to note that convictions at this mobile courts carries the same consequences as other judicial convictions”.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor told journalists that government had put in place a Disease Surveillance and Notification team that were going round to spot possible infected people, test and send them to quarantine locations.