Confirmed cases of people tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Oyo State jumped to 162 as 19 more were recorded on Wednesday.
This was according to the latest figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday and confirmed by Gov Seyi Makinde on Thursday.
The 19 cases in Oyo were among the 284 recorded in 13 states.
The governor said that 15 of the new cases were from iSON Xperiences – a company situated at Dugbe area in Ibadan, Southwest Local Government Area.
According to Makinde, two of the cases are from Ido Local Government Area while the remaining two are from Ibadan South East Local Government Area.
The governor, however, announced that two of the confirmed COVID-19 patients in the state had received their second negative test results and have been discharged.
“This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to 48,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the governor on Thursday lifted the ban on public worship in the state with effect from Sunday, May 24th. 2020.
In Statement issued by Adeniran Adenuga, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Governor, Makinde said he is very grateful to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Pastors, Christians of various denominations, and the entire Muslim community for their support and cooperation during the period of suspension of public worship in the state in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
He acknowledges that the understanding and cooperation of religious leaders contributed immensely in containing the Coronavirus outbreak in the state.
However, conscious of the Spiritual Economy, and in response to appeals by religious leaders in the state, Makinde issued the following executive orders:
1. The order suspending public worship in the state is hereby lifted with effect from Sunday, May 24th. 2020.
2. Consequently, starting from Sunday, May 24, 2020, church services are permitted but should be limited to the sitting capacity of the Church. Same applies to the Mosques.
3. Use of nose mask is compulsory for all worshipers.
4. Churches and Mosques should provide buckets for hand washing, or sanitizers.
5. Churches and Mosques are advised to strictly keep to the above instructions. The enforcement team will still go around to check compliance.
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