Oyo shuts down institution over discovery of COVID-19 case
Urges vigilance in religious centres, workplaces, others
The Oyo State government has closed down a tertiary institution over the discovery of a COVID-19 case in the state. It, therefore, directed schools, workplaces and religious centres to ensure strict compliance with established protocols aimed at curtailing coronavirus in the state.
Meanwhile, the state’s Task Force on COVID-19 has declared its readiness to shut down any institution, religious centre or workplace that violates the rules, adding that the public is equally advised to remain vigilant.
A statement, on behalf of the task force signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, said that the advice became necessary following the discovery of the COVID-19 case in the institution in the state.
It added that the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the task force had immediately ordered a lock-in of the affected tertiary institution to keep members of staff, students and the public safe.
“The government of Oyo State wishes to draw the attention of the public to the recent resurgence of cases of coronavirus in the state.
“Many of these cases were discovered in closed space settings, such as offices and other workplaces.
“A reported case within a tertiary educational institution has also resulted in more cases being discovered through contact tracing.
“The state government has taken appropriate steps to lock in the institution to prevent further spread and put in place other preventive measures.
“Contact tracing has been intensified and the Emergency Operations Centre is working with the institution concerned to ensure that all students and members of staff of the institution are safe and well,” the statement read.
According to the statement, all necessary protocols needed for effective management and psycho-social support have been instituted, adding: “The Oyo State, as a responsive and responsible government, wishes to admonish all residents to ensure due compliance with the directives and all COVID-19 prevention protocols, as earlier stipulated, to enable a successful limitation of virus transmission.
“The task force essentially wishes to implore considerable restraint at closed gatherings and environments, especially in closed educational, religious and social environments.
“It is important to note that these measures aimed at protecting the lives of all and sundry from the menace of the virus as well as prevent the spread of the virus within our communities.”