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Coronavirus Pandemic: Osun State Orders Total Lockdown

OSOGBO, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA - Consequent upon the confirmation of the second case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Osun State, the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola today announced the total lockdown of the state. 

In a statewide broadcast on Sunday morning, the state's helmsman insisted that there would be no movement within the state during the shutdown while those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be on duty.

While re-affirming the commitment of his administration to shut down all the land boundaries effective from midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2020, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola explained that the decision became  imperative in view of the devastating nature of the pandemic, adding that the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens when an emergency occurs.

According to the governor, "Following a review of our current situation, we have in addition to the subsisting measures taken in the past one week, decided to shut down all our boundaries, effective from midnight Sunday, March 29, 2020. In addition, a complete lockdown of the State will come into effect from midnight, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“We believe this is the way to go, if we must contain the spread of this virus. To this end, we urge citizens and residents to take advantage of the hours between now and Tuesday to stock up provisions that will last them two weeks in the first instance."

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