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Lagos State Govt. Stops Planned Reopening Of Churches And Mosques Due To High Rise In COVID-19

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The Government of Lagos State has stopped the reopening of worship centers originally scheduled for Friday, June 19 (mosques) and Sunday, June 21 (churches).

The decision was announced by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at a press briefing Tuesday.

According to him, the development is due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the state.

Nigeria reported a total of 573 new coronavirus cases on Monday taking the total number of cases in the country to 16,658.

As has become normal, with 216 new cases, Lagos reported the highest figures, bringing the total number of cases in state to 7,319.

As a result, the state has remained the epicenter of the country’s infections, closely followed by the FCT with 1,264 and the Kano state with 1,158.

In March, the Federal Government imposed a lockdown on the three mainly affected states at the time (Lagos, State and the FCT) to curb further spread of the virus.

Other states subsequently began imposing varying degrees of curfews, and governors eventually agreed on interstate lockdowns as new infections began to be recorded.

But weeks after the federal government-imposed lockdown, President Muhammadu Buhari announced again that there would be a gradual easing of the lockdown in order to allow economic activities resume as the country could not sustain an extended period of economic inactivity.

While essential workers and other levels of workers have been allowed to resume so far, the government has still appealed to those who can afford to stay at home, to do so.

Reducing interpersonal contacts and maintaining up to 2-3 meters of social distance is said to be one of the ways to curb the spread of the virus, but it has proved to be a difficult task for most Nigerians in itself.

Other measures to keep your elbow safe include sneezing or coughing, regular hand washing, using alcohol-based sanitizers and wearing face masks.

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