Plateau plans new phase of lockdown

By Omolola Fadile, Jos

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The Plateau State Government has threatened to re-impose lockdown directives, following complacency by its residents.

The State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr. Dan Manjang, in a statement in Jos the State Capital, said the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state was due to complacency.

According to the him, Plateau State recorded 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 31 on Monday, as published by the Nigeria Centre for  Disease Control (NCDC), bringing the total number of cases in the state  to 281.

Manjang said the disregard for the preventive guidelines given by the state government was causing grave concerns, that the indefinite relaxation of the lockdown on June 11,  was to reduce hardship faced by residents.

“The government, therefore, warns that it will not hesitate to restore the lockdown earlier lifted by Governor  Simon Lalong as it views with dismay,  the non-compliance with regards to the wearing of face masks, social distancing, hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser,” he said.

According to him, findings show that some worship centres, markets, motor parks, commercial vehicles, tricycles are flagrantly violating the preventive guidelines.

“In view of the foregoing therefore, government hereby states categorically that such unbecoming attitude stimulates government to contemplate severe measures to address and arrest the situation.

 ” This can include among many, a total lockdown of the state, for a longer period, and the indefinite sealing of such premises that refuse to adhere to the guidelines,” he said.

Manjang reminded Plateau indigenes that mobile courts were still operational as directed by the Governor of the State, to prosecute violators of its COVID-19 guidelines.

He appealed to Plateau residents to abide by the COVID-19 protocols, to curtail the disease and save lives.

 

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