…Promises to name company whose 38 staff test positive tomorrow (Tuesday)
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said the directives on social distancing that led to a ban placed on religious gatherings towards preventing the spread of COVID-19 cannot be relaxed at the moment.
Briefing journalists on Monday evening at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on the updates on coronavirus pandemic, the governor stated that the state is currently in an accelerated phase in the transmission of COVID-19.
He explained that experts have advised “that transmission occurs more easily in enclosed spaces. So, we cannot at this time, relax this directive. However, the experts are carrying out a risk situation analysis and will be sending in their report before the end of May and this will determine our next steps.”
Makinde, who is the Chairman of the Oyo State COVID-19 Taskforce, also stated that the details of the company in Ibadan South West Local Government Area, where 38 COVID-19 cases have so far, been confirmed in the last two days would be unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday).
“We have held back from revealing the name of the company so as to allow the Emergency Operations Centre gather intelligence and complete their investigation. So, they will be done by tomorrow (today) and we will be able to give you that information so that any person who has visited the company recently will be able to present themselves for testing.”
Regarding our directives on social distancing during this pandemic, according to the governor, the government has received requests from religious leaders about relaxing the ban on gatherings to allow religious services to hold, saying: “We will be meeting with religious leaders before the end of this week to see how and when reopening of religious places will be possible.”
On the management of COVID-19 cases, Makinde stated: “We will continue to allow all confirmed COVID-19 cases, who are able to self-isolate at home to do so, in order not to overwhelm the capacity of our isolation centres.
“This also ensures that the isolation centres are available for those who need hospitalisation. However, we will keep tracking those self-isolating using technology to prevent community spread
“We will issue an advisory based on the advice given by Professor E. Olatunde Farombi, a Professor of Biochemistry and Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Science. This is on foods and natural products useful as preventive measures against COVID-19 and other viral illnesses.
“For instance, we have bitter kola, turmeric, zinc, ginger, garlic, citrus fruits and bitter leaf. Let me emphasise that this advisory is not for the treatment or cure of COVID-19, it is preventive.”