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Twitter Opinion Poll Informed Our Lockdown Extension, Says Abiodun

Governor Abiodun
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that, the feedback from the public opinion poll by the people of the state on Twitter informed the state government decision to extend the lockdown for additional one week. 

Governor Abiodun noted that, 53% of the 6,000 respondents of the online poll supported the extension of the lockdown, while 43% of the respondents wanted a review of the lockdown strategy. 

The governor disclosed this on Friday while addressing journalists on the update of the COVID-19 pandemic held at the governor's office, Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta. 

Abiodun who described the rate of recovery of the coronavirus patients in the state as heartwarming and encouraging, announced that, about 517 vehicles, 109 motorcycles, and six tricycles have been impounded for breaching the Presidential directive on curfew. 

He noted that, within the last one week, the number of cases have risen from 100 to 134 with 59 patients discharged from the isolation centres in the state. 

He maintained that, the increase in the number of positive cases in the last one week was attributed to the expanded testing capacity of the state government and flagrant disobedience to the measures put in place to flatten the curve of the spread. 

The governor frowned at some residents of the state for the flouting the use of face mask, while motorcycle riders and taxi and bus drivers carry more than the required passengers. 

"In my last week briefing, the number of confirmed cases in Ogun State was 100. But, by yesterday, Thursday 14th May, 2020, we have recorded 34 more positive cases of COVID- 19, bringing the total to 134. This shows an increase of more than 30%, in just one week.

"In the same period, we also discharged 20 additional patients who have been successfully treated at our isolation centres, in addition to the 39 earlier discharged thus bringing the total to 59, who have been given a clean bill of health and have since rejoined their respective families. 

"The rate of recovery is very heartwarming and encouraging and we pray that this pattern continues. Unfortunately, we have recorded 5 deaths in total. We pray God to repose their souls. This leaves us with 70 active cases who are currently receiving care at our treatment centers. As usual, we hope and pray that they will also be discharged in due course.

"The spike in the number of positive cases, particularly in the last one week, is attributable to two main factors. First is the expanded testing capacity, currently at 450 per day, that has enabled us to embark on aggressive testing, especially in the communities with possible high prevalence of infection such as our border communities. The testing has presented us with the stark reality that community transmission is on the increase in our rural and urban communities in Ogun State.

"This leads me to the second factor for the increase in the number of positive cases. In spite of several warnings and the concerted efforts of our security agencies, a number of our people have continued to flout the measures in place to flatten the curve of the spread. 

"Some residents still come out in the public without the use of facemasks or use the facemasks in a manner that do not shield their mouths and noses; motorcycles and tricycles riders still carry more than the approved number of passengers of one and two respectively; and drivers of taxi cab and passenger buses are also culpable in this flagrant violations of the extant guidelines. Our markets have also not fully compiled with physical distancing and other measures to ensure the markets do not become the COVID-19 transmission centers.

"Between 4th May and yesterday, 108 violators of the lockdown and other measures have been apprehended and prosecuted. They were promptly tried by the newly introduced mobile courts, with some of them made to pay fine whilst some are undergoing community service. 

"In the same vein, 517 vehicles, 109 motorcycles and 6 tricycles were impounded for breaching the Presidential directive on curfew within the same period. In addition, security agencies also intercepted migrants from other states, who defied the ban on interstate travels, and promptly turned them back at our borders with other states.

"Interestingly, the feedback from you, the people of Ogun State, from the Public Opinion Poll hosted on the Twitter, also support the extension of the lockdown. Out of about 6,000 respondents of the online poll, 53% support the continuation of the lockdown whilst 43% want a review with 4% undecided."

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