Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has reintroduced measures in Edo State to limit the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, particularly during the Christmas period in Edo State.
The Governor disclosed this in his address on the spike of second wave of COVID-19, which has been ravaging Edo State.
“As of this morning (Wednesday), we have recorded 32 active cases with 4 new cases in the last 24 hours.
“Experts have warned that from experience, the second wave in any epidemic is usually larger than the first. This is why as a government we are very concerned.
“Arising from the experience, which we gained during the last outbreak of COVID-19, we now have in place a robust disease surveillance system in the state with well-trained contact tracers, who can undertake active case searches; we have 4 PCR molecular laboratories that can undertake large numbers of tests with procedures to promptly obtain results from the laboratories.
“Our case management system is intact to provide care for confirmed cases. We also have 4 well-equipped, functional isolation centers spread across the state.
“Even though we have created the capacity to respond to the new outbreak of COVID-19, our strategy to cope with the second wave is to decrease the incidence of the disease and decrease the mortality from the disease,” the Governor said.
He added that in order to decrease the number of COVID-19 cases and reduce deaths from this second wave, there was need to emphasise public enlightenment.
The Governor also asked citizens of the State to avoid crowded places, closed places and close contact with other people.
“We appreciate that during the yuletide period, there are normally a lot of interactions with family and friends, but unfortunately, we would have to sacrifice this old practice so that we can be alive to enjoy many more xmas and year end activities in future.
“Consequently, government has decided to reintroduce the following measures in Edo State to limit the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, particularly during this holiday period.
“Wearing of facemask is mandatory in public places.
“There should be drastic reduction in number of people attending religious, political and social gatherings in one place.
“People are advised not to patronize or enter any public facility without hand wash station, provided with soap and running water.
“Make use of hand sanitisers and observe adequate hand hygiene.
“All schools in the state will remain shut until January 18, 2021.
“In line with the Federal Government directive, we have adjusted our curfew to now begin from 12 mid-night to 4 am daily, beginning from today, December 23, 2020, except on December 31st, 2020,” Obaseki said.
He also thanked religious leaders for their support and assistance during the first wave of the pandemic and encouraged them to actively and continuously disseminate information on adhering to safety guidelines to halt the spread of the disease.
He said several corporate institutions, particularly banks, had so far done well in enforcing social distancing and other safety measures and encouraged them to intensify efforts this time round to ensure that the spread of this deadly virus was curbed.
The Governor also encouraged market unions and trade associations to rally their members to adhere to public health and safety guidelines outlined to halt the spread of the disease.
He asked them not to “sell items to anyone not wearing facemasks so that they don’t put their life at risk.”