The state government will not hesitate to lock down the state again to check the spread of the infection considering the deadlier nature of the second wave of the pandemic.
The weather again is looking cloudy as the state government is planning another likely lockdown to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world. This is the body language of the Gombe State Government as it sends a signal to the people of the state over the nonchalant attitudes towards adherence to the COVID-19 pandemic preventive protocols as directed by the NCDC.
The note of warning issued on Wednesday by the Deputy Governor of the State, Dr Manasseh Daniel Jatau and the Chairman, Gombe State COVID-19 Management Committee said that the state government will not hesitate to lock down the state again to check the spread of the infection considering the deadlier nature of the second wave of the pandemic owning to the nonchalant attitude of the people.
“The State Government will not hesitate to enforce stricter measures including lockdown if there is no compliance to COVID-19 protocols in the state”, he declared.
While briefing newsmen on the upsurge of the second wave of the virus and Government’s efforts and readiness in containing the spread; Dr Manassah Jatau warned that, “it is now mandatory for all persons to wear facemasks while entering any public place including worship places, markets and shops”.
He further rolled out the list of eight other protocols that must be adhered to by the public and also four emergency call lines which the public can make use of in the time of distress.
Furthermore, he warned all organisation leaders, religious and traditional leaders, and stakeholders to continue to spread the message of the virus to their followers as they will be held responsible for any form of noncompliance to all protocols aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
He revealed that the state has recorded 39 COVID-19 confirmed deaths since the outbreak of the virus in the state on March 27, 2020, and warned that,
He further confirms the resurgence of the virus and the death of 39persons among the infected people in the state.
“There is a resurgence of COVID19 termed ‘second wave’ that is considered more dangerous than the first one”.
“Already, 1,449 confirmed cases have been recorded with 1,143 discharges, 267 active cases and 39 deaths in the state from March 27, 2020, when the state started conducting tests to January 06, 2021″, the Deputy Governor also added.
He pointed out that there is a pressing need to ensuring all protocols towards curbing the spread is adhere to as the major form of transmission now is community transmission. ” There is evidence of community transmission in the State resulting from interactions during festive periods”, he concluded.