The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has threatened to impose a second lockdown on the state ought to residents proceed to violate security protocols in opposition to the additional unfold of COVID-19.
Uzodinma stated the rising quantity of COVID-19 instances being introduced each day by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) referred to as for concern.
Nairalovers reviews that as of Saturday, Imo ranked twenty first out of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, the place instances of the virus have been confirmed.
The NCDC knowledge confirmed that the state had to this point recorded a complete of 917 infections since the first case of the virus was confirmed in February, 2020.
Governor Uzodinma, in a press assertion, stated if declaring a second lockdown was what’s required to make residents adhere to the COVID-19 security protocols, he would not hesitate to accomplish that.
“It is highly regrettable that in spite of my repeated appeals that we protect ourselves from this lethal pandemic by taking simple safety measures, a vast majority of our people have stubbornly refused to listen,” he stated.
“The actuality on floor factors clearly to the proven fact that regardless of how a lot we wish to deceive ourselves, COVID-19 is not solely actual however lethal. The second wave of this virus which is now ravaging the world, our nation inclusive, is much more lethal. Our persons are dying virtually day by day from the deadly sting of this merciless virus. Yet many of us select to dwell in the self delusionary fantasy that coronavirus does not exist.
“Four cellular courts have been put in place, two in the state capital and one every in Orlu and Okigwe zones, to attempt offenders. The penalty for not carrying face masks is a most jail time period of six months or N20,000 in lieu.
“I have to make it completely clear that if our individuals select as a substitute to proceed to deceive themselves that coronavirus does not exist and proceed to go about with out face masks and with out observing different security protocols, I will be pressured to evaluate the state of affairs in the coming weeks.
“If it is obvious from the realities on floor that further, extra stringent measures should be taken to maintain our individuals secure, I will haven’t any selection however to authorise a second lockdown of the state.
“The choice is entirely ours to make: to strictly adhere to the simple safety protocols now or to face a complete lockdown in a few weeks.”
Meanwhile, out of the 917 instances to this point confirmed in Imo, 776 are stated to have recovered, whereas a complete of 17 individuals have died from the virus in the state.
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