"If You Deny The Existence Of Covid-19 Disease, Keep It To Yourself Else Presecution" - Gov Lalong warns - STECHITEGIST
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“If You Deny The Existence Of Covid-19 Disease, Keep It To Yourself Else Presecution” – Gov Lalong warns

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau says the state government is set to prosecute those misinforming people on the existence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The governor said this during a stakeholders meeting organised to deliberate on the COVID-19 Task Force resolutions on Wednesday in Jos.

He expressed concern that many people were living in denial and were imposing their beliefs on innocent residents in the state.

He said “for those who are in denial and continue to misinform others that COVID-19 does not exist, I want to warn them to desist. I as the number one citizen of the state was a victim and God helped me to come out of it.

“I can tell you that it is not a joke and I do not wish even my enemies such experience

“That is why at the last state executive meeting, we decided to criminalise further denial of the disease.

“In other words, if you deny the existence of the disease, keep your denial to yourself because if you are caught propagating it or instigating others to follow you, you will be arrested and prosecuted no matter how highly placed you may be.”

He said that the resurgence of cases globally called for increased efforts to control the new variant of the disease.

He decried the nonchalant attitude of residents in adhering to the guidelines of the disease, stressing that the use of face mask, personal hygiene and social distance was critical to controlling the spread of the disease.

“In fact, many have abandoned and refused to observe simple protocols of wearing face mask, maintaining social distance and washing hands regularly,” he said.

The governor noted that the meeting was to engage stakeholders, comprising the state cabinet, security council, traditional leaders, religious groups, women and youth groups, for inputs on the safety of residents.

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