COVID-19: Edo State To Reopen Economy In Two weeks
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The Edo State government has declared desires to bring back the economy to normalcy in the next two weeks.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, Edo state governor, cleared this in a press conference today, June 13, 2020.
In his briefing, he said ” We are not going to be in a permanent state of lockdown, we have to begin to learn to live with the virus, so the tendency all over the world now is to accept the reality of COVID-19 and see how we can now get people to adjust their behaviours to live with the virus”.
Speaking on infected persons who have opted out from isolating in the provided centres, Obaseki said;
“Although we have comfortable facilities that can care for up to 500 people at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, some persons are still refusing to isolate and receive treatment in this facilities, they are rather opting to isolate themselves at home.
“And if you do so, the likelihood of infecting other people, particularly the elder people around you is very high and therefore we will be perpetuating more community transmission and public health hazards for people.
“We frown against this selfish behaviour and henceforth, we will be publishing a list of persons who refuse to isolate in our isolation and treatment centres”.
In regards to the upcoming governorship election in the state, Governor Obaseki had this to say, “In view of the upcoming election and to reduce the infections transmission rate during political gatherings, I have issued a gazette that provides guidelines on how political parties can conduct their activities and rallies.
“There remains restriction of gatherings for more than 20 persons, however, when higher number of persons are required to gather, permits with specified locations, guidelines and supervisions, may be granted by the Edo State government”