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The  Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, has reintroduced restrictions on the number of persons in public places, following an increase in the number of infections in the state.

The state has recorded180 new cases of Covid-19 infection between July and August, 2021.

Alarmed by the development, the Governor stated that all such gatherings should not be more than 50, while transporters have been told to reduce the number of passengers they carry by half.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Fayemi, represented by the Commissioner for Health, Oyebanji Filani, said all efforts must be geared towards stopping the further spread of the deadly variant in the state.

He said the state had recorded 95 cases in July and frighteningly 85 cases in the last few days in the month of August.

“We are constrained to respond to this development with the following non-pharmaceutical control measures, which remain our best means of containing the pandemic in the state,” he said.

He however, noted the that the patients were stable across the isolations centres in the state, but advised residents to go about their businesses with strict adherence to the safety protocols.

“We must never trivialise the danger that COVID-19 continues to pose to us,” he said.

“We must ensure we do not have a reversal of fortune. We cannot afford a community infection that could easily overwhelm our capacity and return us to another round of stay-at-home with even more stringent measures.

“It is my duty to inform you that Ekiti State is experiencing an unwelcome increase in the number of Covid-19 confirmed positive cases. In the month of July, we recorded ninety-five (95) cases, and we have now recorded 85 cases in the first week of August. 85 cases in just 6 days.

” We are obviously experiencing the third wave with more cases than we experienced in the second wave in March 2021. Besides, with the introduction of the Delta strain of the Covid-19 virus in the country and the recent evidence of its community transmission as reported by NCDC, it is imperative for us as a State to enforce our existing Covid-19 regulations more strictly to safeguard the health of our people.” 

Mr Fayemi emphasised that public gatherings especially social, political and business in the state should be restricted to only 50 persons with social distancing of 6ft and mandatory use of face masks.

“Our religious gatherings in the state would be with temporary restrictions starting from Friday August 13, 2021, for Muslims and Sunday August 15, 2021, for Christians,” the governor said.

“All gatherings must be held in strict and full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres which include social distancing of 6-feet between worshippers, hand washing and face masks.” 

He maintained that officials of the government would be out to monitor the level of compliance and that defaulters would be punished in accordance with the law.

Mr Fayemi who disclosed that the state is expecting about 95,000 doses Moderna vaccine in addition to the earlier AstraZeneca vaccine received, called on the residents to make themselves available for the second phase of the vaccination.

“Evidence has shown that fully vaccinated individuals are protected from severe Covid-19 infection and death,” he explained.

“Vaccines have been confirmed to be safe, and 70,049 people have received at least 1 dose of the vaccine in the state, without any side effect.”

According to NCDC, Ekiti has recorded a total of 13 deaths from the infection out of a figure of 1046 confirmed cases.

While 908 have been treated and discharged, 125 persons are still on admission.

As of Monday, August 9, Nigeria has recorded a total figure 178,508 confirmed cases.

While 2192 deaths have been recorded, 165,992 have recovered from the infection, even as 10,324 are still active.

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