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Ondo extends deadline for compulsory use of face masks to May 1

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The Ondo Government has extended to May 1, the deadline for the compulsory use of face masks by residents, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu had in a press briefing on April 20, set a deadline of April 24, for the compulsory use of face masks as adopted by the six governours of the South-West region.

The extension of the deadline is contained in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, and made available to newsmen in Akure on Thursday.

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The statement noted that the shift in date was as a result of the apparent scarcity of the masks in desirable quantities to affect the enforcement of the directive.

“Consequently, May 1, 2020, is now the com­mencement date of the directive jointly adopted by the gover­nors of the South-We­st region among other measures, to curb the spread of the CO­VID-19 pandemic.

“Agai­nst this backdrop, the government has intens­ified efforts to pro­duce enough within this period of grace.

“Nevertheless, gov­ernment encourages residents of the state who already have theirs to continue to put on the mask for personal safety and protection,” it said.

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