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COVID-19: Oyo confims Two Two cmore cases – Task Force

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…State to promulgate law on COVID-19 pandemic

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has said that confirmation tests for two suspected cases of the disease have come out positive.

It stated that one of the two new cases was a 28-year-old woman who returned to Nigeria from the United Arab Emirate on March 22, 2020 while the other was a 42-year-old contact of an earlier confirmed case.

The task force made these known in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa.

The statement read: “The COVID-19 confirmation test for two suspected cases came back positive today. One of the new cases is a 28-year-old woman who returned to the country from the United Arab Emirates on March 22, 2020. The second case is a 42-year-old man who is a contact of an earlier confirmed COVID-19 case.

“The isolation process has been initiated, contact tracing and collection of samples have commenced. This brings the number of confirmed cases in Oyo State to eleven. Two cases have been discharged. So, there are nine active cases.

“Please, keep following the directives of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force: Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser regularly. Also, continue to maintain social distancing.”

In another development, the Oyo State Government said on Tuesday that it was on the verge of promulgating a law that would provide the legal framework to guide operations during the COVID-19 emergency.

The government, which made the position public after a meeting of the State Executive Council held via the e-governance platform, declared that the planned law would make orders for social distancing and other regulations on movement and the transport system within the state.

The State’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, said the bill would also checkmate the role of law enforcement agents as far as respect for human rights is concerned.

The statement read: “The Executive Council Meeting discussed the establishment of Oyo State Coronavirus Disease Emergency Prevention Regulations 2020. As we are all aware, starting from 27th of January, the Chinese government identified a new coronavirus and, of course, the United Nations confirmed it to be a pandemic and we all have witnessed its impact in Oyo State.

“In order to deal with it, there have been a lot of directives and orders made under extant laws, particularly the public health laws and the Quarantine Act at the federal level. So, it has become necessary for the state to specifically make a regulation to deal with the pandemic and, to that extent, we have gotten approval for the Oyo State Coronavirus Disease Emergency Prevention Regulations of 2020 to be passed into law.

“This will enable the state to have the legal framework for making the orders for social distancing and the regulation of movement of transport system within the state. It will also check law enforcement agents in the way they deal with people in a manner that we expect guarantees their constitutional rights.”

He added: “Moreover, it deals specifically with persons who have potential for infection for purposes of their quarantine and also for regulating markets, public places, restriction of movements and gathering in premises, and to deal with persons who have been found to have the virus, even in respect of their treatment and in the place of mortality.

“Of course, where there is a law, there must be enforcement. So, we have offences, which are created for dealing with it. These COVID-19 regulations will enable a legal framework to be established within the state and since there is a public health law under which it is being passed in the state, it is coming by way of regulation instead of coming by way of legislation. It will come into effect the moment the Governor signs it and passes it for the regulation to have the course of law.”

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COVID-19 Update by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Covid-19: Lagos discharge cases rises to 707 as 45 patients gets discharge

Lagos State has recorded the discharge of 45 fully recovered Covid-19 patients. This brings the total number of discharged cases in the state to 707.

This was disclosed by the state governor and incident commander for Covid-19, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu on Saturday while giving Covid-19 update for the state.

He urged all to take responsibility in ensuring safety for self and for all.

He said:

Good people of Lagos,

“I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 45 fully recovered COVID19Lagos patients; 22 females and 23 males, all Nigerians were discharged to join the society.

“The patients; 19 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 3 from Onikan, 8 from Agidingbi, 7 from Lekki, 1 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 7 from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID19.

“With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities has risen to 707.

“As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I urge you all to take responsibility and play your part for a #COVID19FreeLagos #ForAGreaterLagos.”

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Is all well with Mr President? – Nigerians react as Buhari prays sitting, without face mask

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Nigerians have taken to social media platforms especially Twitter to ask what exactly may be the problem with President Muhammadu Buhari as pictures surfaced online of him sitting while observing the Eid-il-fitri prayers.

The president was also seen without a mask as a one of the precautionary measures to guard against the novel and deadly Covid-19.

The photograph showed the president sitting on a chair without a mask while his aides with masks sat on a mat as expected by the tenets of Islam in observing prayers.

This has triggered controversies on why the president had to disregard the teachings of Islam by sitting on a chair.

While some explained that there are some exceptions in Islam that exempts one to sit while praying, others believed all may not be well with Mr President.

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Abia State Commissioner for Environment, Solomon Ogunji is dead

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has reacted to the death of the Commissioner for Environment in the state, Solomon Ogunji, who reportedly gave up the ghost on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

The commissioner as disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, had died at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Aba yesterday.

Given an update on the incident to newsmen on Sunday in Umuahia, Kalu revealed that the deceased pass away after a brief illness relating to High blood pressure.

Reacting to the commissioner’s death, Governor Ikpeazu expressed his sadness and shock over the news which he described as unfortunate.

Ikpeazu commiserates with the family, friends and well-wishers, praying that God will give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and rest his soul in the bosom of the Lord.

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