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It’s not time to relax Coronavirus lockdown – NMA warns governors

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned governors against easing the lockdown on Coronavirus in their different states over religious activities.

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In a statement released by Francis Faduyile and Olumuyiwa Odusote, NMA president and secretary-general respectively, Governors were told that the move can cause a setback on the fight against Coronavirus as it is not yet time for such.

The Governors were urged to reconsider their decision in the interest of the safety of lives.

The association said;

“Of particular concern is the declaration by the Cross River State Governor that social distancing is not needed while wearing a face mask.

“A moratorium on the lockdown to allow mass gathering in mosques and churches from Friday to Sunday in Rivers; the lifting of the ban on Friday prayers by the Katsina and Kogi governments.

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“We are aware that similar orders have also been given in Ondo, Ebonyi and Imo states which have approved mass attendance of Easter services.

“While appreciating the prime place of religion in our national lives and especially the value Christians place on Easter, we place on record that there is now the evidence of community transmission of COVID-19.”

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