#LockdownOndo: Ondo Gov Bows to Pressure, Cancels Easter Celebration Services

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Ondo state government has cancelled Easter celebration services in churches following the confirmation of the second Coronavirus patient.

This is coming after the government earlier relaxed the lockdown in the state.

However, the confirmation of another COVID-19 patient in the state on April 10 and pressure from social media to restrict movement have informed the decision of Ondo government to restore the Lockdown order.

Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo state Governor made the disclosure via his official Twitter handle

“I’ve heard you all and your concerns on the need to #LockDownOndo.

 

“I have just concluded a meeting with CAN and we have resolved that the services will not hold again. Thanks for your concerns. Stay blessed and Happy Easter to all.”

The state Commissioner for Information also released a statement announcing the Lockdown

The statement reads, ”The 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 has reported that the second index case having travelled from Lagos to Ondo State must 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 Christain Association of Nigeria(CAN).

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“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 inter-state entry points into Ondo State.”

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