Covid-19: Governor Lalong lifts lock down imposed on Plateau
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has lifted the lockdown earlier imposed in the State until further notice, urging the citizens to take responsibility for their health.
Addressing newsmen, Governor Lalong also disclosed that the curfew imposed by the Federal Government from 10pm – 4am will continue to be observed until further directives are issued.
He added that there shall be no entry whatsoever, into public offices, banks, markets, stores, tricycles and vehicles without wearing facemasks adding that violators of this order will be arrested and taken before the mobile courts.
Said he, “Churches and Mosques with large spaces shall be allowed to accommodate more than 50 worshippers under strict observance of the use of facemasks, social distancing, hand washing, use of infrared thermometers and use of sanitizers.
He however emphasized that all public places like Markets, Shops, Hotels, Restaurants that fail to comply with the hygiene or sanitation regulations, social distancing as well as use of facemasks shall be penalized and where appropriate, bear any cost or penalty as would be specified.
“All public places like Markets, Shops, Hotels, and Restaurants that fail to comply with the hygiene or sanitation regulations, social distancing as well as use of facemasks shall be shut down and the owners prosecuted.
“The Head of Civil Service has been directed to work out modalities for the resumption of other category of civil servants who have been working from home.
Governor Lalong advised citizens of the state to participate in mass community testing which will be carried out in the State to avoid further spread of the virus.
On the alleged mysterious death in Jos North local government area of the state, Governor Lalong said the number reported was not accurate adding that the government has commenced investigations into the matter.
“There are people suffering from other ailments such as diabetes and so on but when they get to the hospital doctors run away from them thinking they have covid-19, this may resulted to the number of death but certainly not 50 as reported” he said.
In his contribution, the State Commissioner of Health Dr. Ndam Lar said only 21 deaths were recorded in Jos North in the past three weeks adding that verbal autopsy of those who died has commenced.
The Commissioner of Health further added that the state government has directed that registers should be opened at all cemeteries in the state to ascertain the alleged increase in deaths in Jos North.