As a preventive measure against further spread of conoravirus in the state, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Friday extended the lockdown in the state by another week.
The governor who made this known while briefing journalists in Abeokuta, said it had become necessary to extend the lockdown as a means to save lives.
According to him, people have shown disregard to laid down social and safety guideline against the pandemic, hence the need to take more drastic actions.
He said, “Reports reaching us have shown that many of our people are showing utter disregard for the precautionary guidelines, international best practices and safety measures rolled out, especially, during the window of relaxation of the lockdown.
“We have heard and seen the havoc that COVID-19 continues to wreck in other lands. Let us learn from these experiences.
“Now, to preserve the lives of our people, we are persuaded to extend the currently modified lockdown, which has been slightly eased, for another one week alongside the current guidelines.
“Wearing a face mask is mandatory. It is important to note that we have provided, and continue to provide, facemasks to public servants, groups and association.”
Abiodun said the test had intensified its contact tracing and would continue to test and treat people suspected or infected with the virus.
“As of today, we have screened over 10,000 people and tested over 700. In addition to that, we have intensified our contact tracing capacity and have traced over 551 contacts of the COVID-19 positive patients.
“We are doing this to detect and treat people who are already infected rather than leaving them undetected which will be more detrimental because this will increase community transmission,” he added.