Ondo Cancels Easter Services Over COVID-19

Ondo State government has reversed the earlier approval given to Christians in the state to conduct Sunday services in celebration of Easter.
Donald Ojogo, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, disclosed this in statement on Saturday.

He said: “State government notes with deep concern the second index case. This development has once again
reinforced the need to deepen our collective efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ondo State COVID-19 Response Team had reported that the second index case,having travelled from Lagos to Ondo State, should give the
government greater concern to avoid community transmission.
“Against the backdrop of the above, the Ondo State government has directed the cancellation of the special concession granted churches across the state to celebrate the Easter Sunday/Service.

“This decision was taken after due consultations with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria
(CAN).”

The new index case had jolted people who reside in Ijoka area of the state capital, where the patient stayed on arrival from Lagos. He was said to be working at the Muritala Mohammed
Airport, Lagos, and had sneaked into the state despite the border closure and presence of security operatives.

His contacts on arrival at
Akure, his wife and children,
had been placed on isolation
at the IDH along Igbatoro
Road, Akure.

However, the second index patient was said to be responding to treatment at the
hospital.
It said: “All measures and steps taken in respect of COVID-19 still remain
in force.

In particular, government has taken further steps to effectively man the
boundaries in the light of reported cases of compromise and breach of the directive to close all interstate entry points into Ondo State.

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