Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State last night extended the COVID-19 lockdown in the state for the third consecutive week. The new lockdown will lapse on May 24. The governor cited non-compliance by residents with safety regulations and the community spread of the virus as reasons for extending the sit-at-home order.
“In view of the evidence of community transmission and poor compliance with the lockdown measures, we are constrained to extend the lockdown by another week till Sunday 24th of May,” he told reporters. “The current pattern of lockdown with relaxation windows from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday continue.
“We will continue to monitor the level of compliance with the lockdown measures and incidence of community transmission and hopefully, there will be positive developments that will enable us further ease the lockdown at the end of this new lockdown period.”
Meanwhile, Forty-nine per cent of the 74,327 participants in the Lagos State Government’s Twitter poll is in support of a return to lockdown. The state government on Tuesday commenced a poll on the microblogging platform to sample people’s opinion on whether to introduce another phase of lockdown based on the low level of compliance with social distancing and other safety directives.
The poll closed on Friday. 40 per cent of respondents were against another lockdown while 11 per cent were undecided as at 7:55 pm on Thursday.
Most of the voters who supported another lockdown lamented that residents have been largely lawless and irresponsible in complying with the guidelines. They, however, appealed to the government to ensure that palliatives or incentives were given to all residents as practised by developed nations, in order to stop the hunger-induced movement.
The supporters argued that the lockdown was for the good of the people because it will keep those who genuinely want to stay safe at home without risk of losing their jobs. One of the respondents, Daniel Ukoha said the government must not direct the palliatives to only the poor but everyone in need.
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