Seyi Makinde, Oyo governor, has banned social gatherings including religious services, weddings and nightclub parties amid intensified efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Oyo recorded its first case of Covid-19 and since then, the government has been on red alert as different measures were put in place including setting up of Covid-19 task force led by the governor.
In a subsequent move, Governor Makinde placed a temporary ban on large crowds, saying gatherings should be limited to 30 people or less.
The governor made the new declaration during a night broadcast at the state-owned broadcasting outfit, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), on Monday night, March 23, The Nation reports
Makinde admonished the people of the state to join hands together to fight the global pandemic and called for calm amid growing scare of Covid-19.
We set up a COVID-19 Task Force which I am heading. We have activated the Disease Surveillance and Notification System Officers in the 33 Local Government Areas and the 35 Local Council Development Areas.
“We are collaborating with the College of Medicine to set up two Diagnostic Centres at the University College Hospital, Ibadan which will begin operations by the end of the week.
“Both are awaiting the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s validation. We are also awaiting reagents for testing which have been ordered,” Makinde assured.