Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau State, has urged residents of the state and Nigerians, in general, not to be careless as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic persists, saying he has lost two friends to the dreaded disease.
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Governor Lalong, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, stated this in reaction to the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.
According to the governor, the disregard for the state’s lockdown and the Federal Government’s inter-state travel ban by persons who sneak into the state is said.
He stated that his administration will commence aggressive enforcement of all regulations to curb the spread of the disease in the state.
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He also disclosed that the state has begun the contact tracing of all confirmed COVID-19 patients and, therefore, urged residents not to panic, but to continue to strictly adhere to regulations put in place.
Governor Lanlong said: “My message to the people of Plateau State is to commend them for complying with the regulations we put in place. If we had not taken the steps we adopted, the situation will have been more worrisome. This is the time to concentrate on contact tracing to be able to ascertain the magnitude of the pandemic on our people. The best thing is to check and address it instead of sitting and arguing. Already, the index case has been treated and discharged while the others are doing well.
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“We are now going into aggressive enforcement of the regulations we rolled out as that is the best way for us to contain the rising cases. From all the cases we have, there is none that originated within the State. All of them are from people who sneaked into the State from our borders despite the closure. We will not allow this to continue especially at this time that we are doing contact tracing and working hard to curb community spread.
“It is sad and unfair for people to take this position and try to instigate others to disregard our regulations. Covid-19 is real and for me, I lost two friends recently, one in Lagos and the other in Bauchi. They were both classmates and lawyers. Let us not put people at risk by not only being careless, but discouraging them from doing the right thing. I appeal to our people to take serious precaution and stay at home while observing all the regulations.”
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Governor Lalong stated that the total lockdown in the state earlier relaxed will resume on midnight of Sunday, noting that violators will be arrested and prosecuted.
He added that all exempted motorists coming into the State will not be allowed in after 6pm until the next day 7am when they will be thoroughly screened and certified before entry.