Kwara records 17 new COVID-19 cases, discharges five

By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin 

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq
The Kwara State Government says football viewing centres are not allowed to open yet, because such facilities could be a dangerous window for widespread transmission of the Corona virus among viewers.


On Tuesday, the state recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 168.

The state also discharged five patients who have twice tested negative to the virus, bringing the tally of patients already managed and discharged to 100.

The Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and the spokesman State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye made these known in a statement issued in Ilorin. 

“The government is aware that the English Premier League commences on Wednesday June 17th. This is to state clearly that viewing centres are not allowed to open under any guise during this pandemic. Doing so will actively promote the spread of the virus, endanger people’s lives, and further stretch public resources to the limit,”the statement read. 

The government in the statement said it fully appreciates and apologises for the inconveniences this restriction means for some businesses and football enthusiasts but however, said it has a duty to ensure that lives are protected which it emphasized cannot be compromised. 

The government similarly warned against mass gatherings (crowded weddings/clubbing/partying) of any kind at this time and warned that violators shall come under the full weight of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020.

Meanwhile, the government has directed that all motorcycles and other items seized during the lockdown be released to their owners without any preconditions.

“We commend the security agencies for their good work during and after the lockdown. They did and are still doing a great job, and the government is grateful to them. The seizure of motorcycles and other items at that time was a lawful way of enforcing compliance with safety measures,”the statement added.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh