COVID-19: Why we won’t impose another lockdown – Gov. Lalong

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On Wednesday, the Plateau State Government said it intends to impose another lockdown in response to the second wave of Coronavirus but will ensure strict compliance to all preventive protocols.

Plateau State Government also banned all cultural festivals billed to take place during the Christmas period, and all recreational centers are to be closed until further notice.

This notice was contained in a communiqué issued by Governor Simon Lalong at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting convened to discuss how best to address the situation in line with the Presidential Task Force’s advice on Coronavirus in the state.

Governor Simon Lalong, who was represented by Prof. Danladi Atu, the Secretary to the Government of the State, who is also the Coordinator of the State Taskforce on COVID-19, said the event was organized to draw the attention of the stakeholders to the urgency of the situation occasioned by the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, particularly during the yuletide season.

Prof. Danladi Atu said the State Governor of Plateau has directed that strong measures must be taken to ensure that people are sensitized to obey all the COVID-19 guidelines/preventive protocols to stop the further spread of COVID-19.

The communiqué reads: “All public gatherings, including places of worship, should cut down attendance to 50 percent of their capacity.

“All cultural festivals are banned, and all recreational centers are to be closed until further notice.

“The use of facemasks should be enforced in all public places while social distancing, hand washing, and other protocols are adhered to.

“COVID-19 testing should be enhanced in all Local Government areas while all sample collection Centres be publicized to encourage voluntary testing.”

The meeting urged the stakeholders to hold similar sensitization engagements with their members at the grassroots.

It further said that more sensitization should be carried out to avoid stigmatization of those infected or suspected to have Coronavirus.

Reports have it that the meeting was attended by religious leaders, Local Government Chairmen, health experts, traditional rulers, and community leaders.

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