As the world begins to experience a second wave of COVID-19, the Ekiti state government has announced renewed restrictions to curb its spread.
Governor Kayode Fayemi announced on Wednesday that all schools will remain closed until January 18, while places of worship will return to one service per week without banned vigils.
He also ordered all civil servants from level 12 and below to stay at home until January 18, while all forms or social gatherings such as entertainment were suspended indefinitely.
“Churches and mosques should implement all existing protocols and should only return to one service on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as the case may be. Other weekly activities and gatherings in the assemblies should be put on hold until further notice, “the governor said.
He added that “protocols regarding wedding and funeral ceremonies remain in force. There should be no crowds in the church auditorium, and funeral services should only be funeral. “
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According to him, the results of recent tests on COVID-19, conducted in the country, are a cause for concern.
“As two days ago, since the outbreak of the epidemic, we have done a total of 7,890 tests with 405 confirmed cases. We currently have about 30 active cases on treatment at our isolation center.
“One frightening fact about these numbers is that we have recorded about 15 cases out of about 170 tests conducted in the last seven days. That is approximately 10% of cases, compared to less than 5% at the beginning of the pandemic, earlier in the year. “